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Wright assumes command of 167th Airlift Squadron

167th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. David Cochran, hands a guidon to Lt. Col. Randy Wright marking Wright’s assumption of command of the 167th Airlift Squadron during a ceremony in the 167th Airlift Wing’s dining facility, June 6, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

167th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. David Cochran, hands a guidon to Lt. Col. Randy Wright marking Wright’s assumption of command of the 167th Airlift Squadron during a ceremony in the 167th Airlift Wing’s dining facility, June 6, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Lt. Col. Randy Wright, 167th Airlift Squadron commander, shares some of his thoughts on leadership during his assumption of command ceremony, June 6, 2019, in the 167th Airlift Wing's dining facility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Lt. Col. Randy Wright, 167th Airlift Squadron commander, shares some of his thoughts on leadership during his assumption of command ceremony, June 6, 2019, in the 167th Airlift Wing's dining facility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --

Lt. Col. Randy Wright assumed command of the 167th Airlift Squadron June 6 during a ceremony on base in the wing dining facility.

Wright, a command pilot and prior-enlisted officer, replaced Col. Christopher Sigler, who recently became the mission support group commander. Wright’s military career started in aerial port. As a pilot, he has served in current operations, tactics, scheduling and as chief of safety.

Wing Commander Col. David Cochran said squadron commanders should be deliberate, compassionate, passionate, inspiring, and smart, adding, Wright encompasses all of those qualities.

“The squadrons are really the heartbeat of the wing,” Cochran said and further explained squadron commanders are the leaders that drive the culture of a unit.

“We have a great culture here and will continue that, but just know that you are impacting lives from the moment they set foot in your squadron until you release them to their next duty.”

Wright said throughout his career, he’s picked up leadership from many people, but one approach in building trust resonated with him: say what you mean and do what you say. Firmly declaring he is not a New England Patriots fan, Wright said he does have an appreciation for their success and head coach Bill Belichick’s mantra which is, “do your job.”

In addition to looking at each of his new team members to do their job each day, Wright said he also can’t emphasize enough effort and attitude.

“Give your best effort, wherever you are, every day. Not all days are going to be equal, but within those days, only you know what your best is on that particular day.”