New wing commander takes over at Eielson

Posted: Monday, February 15, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Brig. Gen. Mark Graper handed command of the 354th Fighter Wing to Col. James N. Post III during a ceremony at the base.

Graper is moving to Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, where he will be vice commander of the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force.

Graper was awarded the Alaska and U.S. Legion of Merit awards for his work at Eielson.

Granger came to Eielson in 2007 soon after the base avoided closure.

The base has become a destination for international military exercises, adding about 1,500 airmen in recent years.

Post has been in the Air Force since 1983, most recently at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. He was director of plans and requirements for the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Command.

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