Rice tapped as new commander for wing’s Security Forces Squadron
By Senior Airman Nathanial Taylor, 167AW/PA
/ Published September 10, 2013
Martinsburg, W.Va. -- Capt. Tim Rice, the 167th's antiterrorism officer, officially assumed command of the wing's Security Forces Squadron during a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Rice, who has 19 years of civilian law enforcement experience, looks forward to starting this new chapter in his military career.
"I'm excited," Rice said. "I do have 19 years of law enforcement service but zero in security forces. There is a lot more to learn as a commander."
"With me being a cop already, it is a really good fit," Rice said.
"I know what I am doing here. On the other hand, I wouldn't if I went someplace else on base. I know about police work. Now I just have to get use to all the paperwork that comes with being a commander."
While this is his first command, Rice said he has confidence in the Airmen who he has been tapped to oversee.
"I am looking forward to the future and I definitely have faith that the men and women in this shop will push us forward," he said. "We have new leadership and I am confident that we can take steps in the right direction and it is always good to introduce fresh ideas."
While he will maintain his current role as the wing's antiterrorism officer during the week, his new role as the security forces commander during UTA weekends means he will no longer serve as the wing's intelligence officer, a post he has held since April of 2005.
"It's concerning sometimes to leave something you are familiar with," Rice said. "It was my second family, people that I have trained and worked with over the past couple of years."
Adding: "But now I have a new family."