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Timko assumes command of the 167th Airlift Wing

West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer and Col. Martin Timko ceremoniously exchange the 167th Airlift Wing guidon during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.

West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer and Col. Martin Timko ceremoniously exchange the 167th Airlift Wing guidon during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Robins sings the national anthem as the 167th Airlift Wing’s Base Honor Guard presents the colors and the official party salutes the flag at the start of a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing and Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Robins sings the national anthem as the 167th Airlift Wing’s Base Honor Guard presents the colors and the official party salutes the flag at the start of a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing and Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Col. Martin Timko returns a salute to the members of the 167th Airlift Wing as they render their first salute to their new commander during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.

Col. Martin Timko returns a salute to the members of the 167th Airlift Wing as they render their first salute to their new commander during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Col. Martin Timko addresses members of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.

Col. Martin Timko addresses members of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Col. David Cochran thanks his family for their support during his time in command of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020, during a change of command ceremony. Cochran relinquished command of the wing, Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing during the ceremony.

Col. David Cochran thanks his family for their support during his time in command of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020, during a change of command ceremony. Cochran relinquished command of the wing, Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Col. David Cochran remarks about his time in command of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020, during a change of command ceremony. Cochran relinquished command of the wing, Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing during the ceremony.

Col. David Cochran remarks about his time in command of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020, during a change of command ceremony. Cochran relinquished command of the wing, Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, talks about the great responsibility of being a wing commander during a change of command ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.

West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, talks about the great responsibility of being a wing commander during a change of command ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, talks about the great responsibility of being a wing commander during a change of command ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.

West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, talks about the great responsibility of being a wing commander during a change of command ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Robins sings the national anthem flag at the start of a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing and Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Robins sings the national anthem flag at the start of a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing and Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

167th Airlift Wing Airmen salute their new commander during a change of command ceremony held in an aircraft hangar, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.
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167th Airlift Wing Airmen salute their new commander during a change of command ceremony held in an aircraft hangar, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Mallory Coleman)

West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, talks about the great responsibility of being a wing commander during a change of command ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony.
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West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, talks about the great responsibility of being a wing commander during a change of command ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Jan. 12, 2020. Col. Martin Timko assumed command of the wing, Col. David Cochran relinquished command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Mallory Coleman)

MARTINSBUGR, W.Va. --

Col. Marty Timko assumed command of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, during a change of command ceremony Jan. 12, Col. David Cochran also relinquished command.

The Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, who presided over the ceremony, said the wing commander is responsible for 1,100 Airmen and their families and every decision they make impacts someone’s life.

Hoyer stressed the significance of Timko’s responsibility as a wing commander to both his Airmen and the country.

Hoyer also commended Cochran’s leadership of the wing. Cochran commanded the 167th since August 2018.

“You lived the values, not just talked about them but lived the values,” Hoyer said. “And Marty, you wouldn’t be up here today if I didn’t have the confidence that you could continue us on the focus going forward.”

Timko, who served most recently as the commander of the 167th Operations Group, said he does not assume the responsibility of the wing commander position lightly.

“I must emphasize greatly how much I appreciate the trust and faith placed in me to lead this wing forward into the future,” Timko said. “The accomplishments of the state and wing are a testament to the men and women of this wing. It’s my responsibility to carry on the legacy of this wing and its excellence worldwide.”

Timko is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served two tours at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., before joining the West Virginia Air National Guard in 2001 as a C-130 evaluator navigator.

When the 167th converted from C-130 to the C-5 Galaxy aircraft, Timko transitioned to become a pilot. He has held numerous leadership positions within the 167th Operations Group.

Cochran, who will be retiring from military service later this year, said, “It has truly been my honor and my privilege to serve as the 167th Airlift Wing commander.”

Cochran encouraged commanders in the wing to “exercise deliberate, passionate and inspirational leadership” and said to the entire wing, “Know your job. Do it well. Your contributions are valued so have pride and professionalism.”

Cochran will continue his career as a commercial airline pilot.