434th OSS Welcomes new commander

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  • By Staff Sgt. Michael Hunsaker
  • 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Col. David Curl Jr. assumed command of the 434th Operations Support Squadron during a ceremony at Gus Grissom Hall on May 15, 2022.

Col. Douglas Perry Jr., 434th Operations Group commander, presided over the assumption of command welcoming Curl to the unit.

“You’re going to do phenomenal work. I’m glad to bring you on board as the OSS commander,” said Perry.

Members of the 434th OSS witnessed the ceremony along with Grissom leadership.

Curl has a storied history with the base having grown up in the area with his father being an enlisted member here.  Curl joined the Air Force as an active duty as an officer after graduating from Purdue University before eventually finding his way back to Grissom as a Reservist.

The ceremony conclude with Curl thanking his leadership for the opportunity to lead his new unit.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have been on active duty and have seen different wings and different squadrons’, said Curl. "Grissom is hands down the best I’ve seen.”

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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