LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. —
The 19th Airlift Wing welcomed its new commander during a ceremony at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., on June 1, 2023.
Col. Denny Davies succeeded Col. Angela Ochoa during the ceremony, which was officiated by 18th Air Force Commandant, Maj. Gen. Corey Martin.
“Angela has excelled in all aspects of wing command,” Martin said. “She set a pace, an enviable pace, so now I need a commander who can match that pace. I’m confident Denny will be able to match the pace and then push him … because the Black Knights deserve it and they’re going to demand it.”
Davies, who most recently served as Vice Commander, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is no stranger to ‘Home of the Herk Nation,’ having served in a variety of roles, including instructor pilot C-130J and flight commander. for the 41st Air Transport Squadron and the 19th Operations Support Squadron and as Chief of the 19th AW Commander’s Action Group.
Entering the Air Force in 2001 after graduating from the US Air Force Academy, Davies is a command pilot who has flown more than 2,500 hours and has served in the US Air Force in Europe, the Pacific Air Forces, the Air Mobility Command, Air Force Headquarters, the Pacific Command, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has deployed to the Southwest Asia region six times in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operations Enduring Freedom.
As an installation commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping personnel who operate, maintain, and sustain more than 52 C-130 aircraft, enabling them to support combat, contingency, and humanitarian requirements around the world. He is also responsible for ensuring the preparedness and well-being of more than 10,000 staff members and families at Little Rock AFB.
In his first speech as wing commander, Davies expressed his excitement at returning Home to the Herk Nation.
“Erika and I are absolutely thrilled, humbled and honored to finally return to our favorite base and the best military community in the United States,” Davies said. “We have made a lot of memories in Arkansas and we look forward to creating more in the next two years.”
Davies expressed his expectations as the wing stands on the precipice of this summer’s Mobility Guardian 2023 activities, both here in Arkansas and in the Indo-Pacific.
“Our Mobility Air Forces will project and connect the Joint Force in ways not seen in recent history, while emphasizing the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific operating under the precepts of a rules-based international order,” Davies said. “Their diligent preparation and Warrior Heart culture will guide our tactical airlift community into the future of Rapid Global Mobility. You really are ready for the next challenge, and that challenge starts now.”
In his commencement address, Ochoa thanked the 19 AW for their hard work and dedication to the Undaunted Tactical Airlift and Agile Combat Support mission.
“The world today is very different than the world of 2 years ago, and I believe history will look back and show how our efforts here at the Herk Nation Home paved the way for American success and victory,” Ochoa said. . “You Black Knights responded to every effort and led the way for change. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Ochoa is leaving Little Rock AFB to become the commander of the 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, which provides airlift, logistics, air port, and communications for the worldwide Special Air Mission for the president, vice president, Cabinet members, Combatant Commanders, and other senior military and elected leaders as directed by the White House, Air Force Chief of Staff, and AMC.