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Maj. Catherine Milhoan greets Master Sgt. Ronald McCoy June 9, 2012, after assuming command of the 512th Force Support Squadron from Maj. Cathy Anderson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andria J. Allmond)
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Milhoan takes reins of 512th Force Support Squadron

Posted 6/13/2012   Updated 6/13/2012 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Andria J. Allmond
512th Airlift Wing

6/13/2012 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Maj. Cathy Anderson, the 512th Airlift Wing's new performance planner, relinquished command of the 512th Force Support Squadron to Maj. Catherine Milhoan June 8 in a ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum.

Milhoan, who previously held the position of 512th FSS operations officer, expressed excitement about securing a new position within the FSS clan.

"I'm thrilled to take the next step in my career with these folks," she said. "Since I was the (operations officer) for them, it's like getting to be part of a family and then being able to lead that family. I really consider this the pinnacle of my career."

Col. Gretchen Wiltse, 512th Mission Support Group commander, presided over the event attended by members of the Liberty Wing, as well as family members of the incoming and outgoing commander.

"Major Anderson has accomplished so much during her time as the FSS commander," said Wiltse. "I believe Major Milhoan will be the one to take the squadron to the next level. If you look at her background, she has experience not only in personnel, but also in the services squadron and public affairs."

The new squadron commander transferred to the Air Force Reserve Command from the Army in 1998. As a civilian, she serves as a deputy director of public affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C.

The former FSS commander joined the Reserve after climbing to staff sergeant in the regular Air Force, earning a commission in 2000.

"It's been a wonderful experience," said Anderson. "I have worked with great people in FSS and I really will miss them all. But, I couldn't have picked a better successor."

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