Citadel graduate assumes command of 911th Mission Support Group during October UTA

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  • By Master Sgt. Mark Winlosky
  • 911th Public Affairs
Col. James B. Hurley, assumed command of the 911th Airlift Wing Mission Support Group, Oct. 4, 2008, as Col. Gordon H. Elwell, Jr., 911th Airlift Wing commander,
hosted the event. 

Col. Hurley is a native of South Carolina. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1982 after graduating from The Citadel. Upon commissioning Col. Hurley was assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., and attended the USAF Security Police Academy
where he was a distinguished graduate. 

After four years of active duty, Col. Hurley joined the Air Force Reserve in 1990. Since his
induction in the Air Force Reserve, Col. Hurley led three different Security Forces Squadrons, and was assigned to Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, 10th
AF and 22nd AF. 

He served an active duty tour as an Air Force ROTC Instructor at his alma mater, was Deputy Director of the 586th Air Expeditionary Group, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and most recently commanded the 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. 

"First, I'd like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I've received and how very
impressed I have been with the 911th Airlift Wing," said Col. Hurley. "I'm happy to be here," said the colonel. "The 911th Mission Support Group has a great reputation throughout the Air Force and is an outstanding unit," he said. "I'd especially like to thank Col. Elwell once again for the opportunity." 

Col. Cynthia A. Wong, who served as the acting Mission Support Group commander since October 2007, was recently selected to serve as the Inspector General for the 910th Airlift Wing in Youngstown, Ohio.