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DeHaes assumes command of the 132nd Fighter Wing

A/C 87-0230 assigned to the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard is poised to accept it's new pilot after a "Change of Command" ceremony held May 1, 2010.  The "Wing Jet" was displayed as the center piece for the ceremony held in the west hangar of the Des Moines ANGB. Saturdays ceremony was the twelfth in the units almost 70 year history in which Colonel William Drew "Toto" DeHaes accepted command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)(released)

A/C 87-0230 assigned to the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard is poised to accept it's new pilot after a "Change of Command" ceremony held May 1, 2010. The "Wing Jet" was displayed as the center piece for the ceremony held in the west hangar of the Des Moines ANGB. Saturdays ceremony was the twelfth in the units almost 70 year history in which Colonel William Drew "Toto" DeHaes accepted command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)(released)

U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell, Third Congressional District of Iowa, spoke to the group of distinguished visitors and the Airman of the 132nd Fighter Wing assembled for the Wing?s twelfth Change of Command Ceremony in its 70 year history. Col. Mark ?Eddie? Hammond relinquishes command to Col. William Drew ?Toto? DeHaes during the ceremony held May 1, 2010, at the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard base in Des Moines. (right to left, Congressman Boswell, Brig. Gen. Tim Orr, Adjutant General Iowa National Guard, Col. William Drew DeHaes, 132nd Fighter Wing, Commander Select, Brig. Gen Gregory Schwab, Assistant Adjutant General, Air Component, Iowa National Guard, Col. Mark Hammond, 132nd Fighter Wing, Commander)(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)(Released)

U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell, Third Congressional District of Iowa, spoke to the group of distinguished visitors and the Airman of the 132nd Fighter Wing assembled for the Wing?s twelfth Change of Command Ceremony in its 70 year history. Col. Mark ?Eddie? Hammond relinquishes command to Col. William Drew ?Toto? DeHaes during the ceremony held May 1, 2010, at the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard base in Des Moines. (right to left, Congressman Boswell, Brig. Gen. Tim Orr, Adjutant General Iowa National Guard, Col. William Drew DeHaes, 132nd Fighter Wing, Commander Select, Brig. Gen Gregory Schwab, Assistant Adjutant General, Air Component, Iowa National Guard, Col. Mark Hammond, 132nd Fighter Wing, Commander)(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)(Released)

Colonel William Drew "Toto" DeHaes accepts the 132nd Fighter Wing guidon from Brig. Gen. Gregory Schwab, Assistant Adjutant General, Air Component, Iowa National Guard assuming command of the Wing during a Change of Command ceremony held in the west hanger at the Des Moines ANGB. Saturdays ceremony was the twelfth in the units almost 70 year history. (from left to right, Col. Mark "Eddie" Hammond, Brig. Gen. Gregory "Koa" Schwab, Chief Master Sgt. Lowell Schellhase Jr., Col. William Drew "Toto" DeHaes)(U.S. Air Force photo Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)("Released")

Colonel William Drew "Toto" DeHaes accepts the 132nd Fighter Wing guidon from Brig. Gen. Gregory Schwab, Assistant Adjutant General, Air Component, Iowa National Guard assuming command of the Wing during a Change of Command ceremony held in the west hanger at the Des Moines ANGB. Saturdays ceremony was the twelfth in the units almost 70 year history. (from left to right, Col. Mark "Eddie" Hammond, Brig. Gen. Gregory "Koa" Schwab, Chief Master Sgt. Lowell Schellhase Jr., Col. William Drew "Toto" DeHaes)(U.S. Air Force photo Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)("Released")

Col. William Drew ?Toto? Dehaes (r) returns his first salute as Wing Commander of the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard from Col. Kevin ?Hook? Heer (l), Operations Group Commander for the 132nd Fighter Wing.  Col. Heer served Commander of the Honor Flight during the Change of Command Ceremony held Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the 132nd Fighter Wing, Des Moines, IA. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)(released)

Col. William Drew ?Toto? Dehaes (r) returns his first salute as Wing Commander of the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard from Col. Kevin ?Hook? Heer (l), Operations Group Commander for the 132nd Fighter Wing. Col. Heer served Commander of the Honor Flight during the Change of Command Ceremony held Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the 132nd Fighter Wing, Des Moines, IA. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Tim Day)(released)

Des Moines, Iowa -- The 132nd Fighter Wing held its twelfth change of command, Saturday, May 1. Colonel Mark Hammond transferred command to Colonel William DeHaes in a ceremony held at the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa National Guard, Des Moines ANGB. Distinguished guests included Congressman Leonard Boswell, Brig. Gen. Tim Orr, The Adjutant General for Iowa. Brig. Gen. Gregory Schwab, Assistant Adjutant General, Air Component, Iowa National Guard acted as presiding offical for the event.

Congressman Leonard Boswell was the first to speak, and had kind words to say about the Wing, "Every man and woman in this unit is so important, and you make us proud. And I'm very proud of Col. Hammond and his accomplishments as commander, and I know that Col. DeHaes is going to come on and carry on the great tradition that's been established here"

Before he turned over command of the Wing Col. Hammond said, "I am blessed and humbled beyond measure to have worked shoulder to shoulder with you as Wing Commander. Thanks for letting me be in formation with you."

After taking control of the Wing Col. DeHaes stated, "I commit to you work tirelessly to ensure the continued success of this wing in all endeavors. We stand ready as a joint partner with the other outstanding Iowa National Guard units. I'd like to say it is my distinct honor to serve with you, the exceptional Airmen of the 132nd Fighter Wing. I will look forward to the opportunity to be your commander, and I cannot wait to begin the next chapter in the storied history of the 132nd Fighter Wing."

Col. DeHaes joined the Air Force in 1988 and served at Sheppard AFB, TX. as a first assignment instructor pilot. During his next tour, he was F-16 Chief of Wing Safety at Aviano, Air Base Italy. Colonel De Haes joined the 132nd Fighter Wing in June of 1998 serving as an F16 pilot, Mission Commander, Flight Commander, Operations Group Commander and Vice Wing Commander. Colonel De Haes also served as Deputy Operations Group Commander, 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group. Balad Air Base Iraq, from September 2009 until January 2010. Col. DeHaes is a Command Pilot with over 3,300 + flying hour in the T-37B, T-38A, AT-38B, F-16C/D, F-16CG/DG and has flown operational missions in support of Operation Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Sliver Wake, Noble Eagle, Northern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.