Cauthen to assume command of 134th Air Refueling Wing

Col. Tommy Cauthen

Col. Tommy Cauthen

Col. Tommy Cauthen will be promoted to commander of the 134th Air Refueling Wing late this spring.

According to a press release from the Tennessee National Guard, a formal Change of Command ceremony for the command of the Tennessee Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Drosendahl Parade Field at McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base in Alcoa.

Col. Timothy Dearing will pass responsibility and command of the unit to Col. Thomas Cauthen.

Cauthen has served as the Vice Commander for the 134th ARW and is a former Maintenance Group Commander for the unit. He has flown combat support aerial refueling missions for Desert Shield, Southern Watch, Joint Forge, Allied Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cauthen is a member of the 2008 Class of Leadership Blount.

After more than 38 years of military service with the Air National Guard, Dearing is also scheduled to formally retire from the Tennessee Air National Guard immediately following the Change of Command ceremony. He has served as commander of the 134th ARW since February 2004.

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