172d Airlift Wing
Colonel Britt Watson is the Wing Commander, 172d Airlift Wing, Thompson Field, Jackson, Mississippi. He directs the operations, maintenance and support of the Wing’s assigned C-17 Globemaster III aircraft tasked with providing global strategic and tactical airlift in support of National Command Authority objectives and the objectives of the Governor of Mississippi. The 172d Airlift Wing is comprised of more than fifteen local and geographically separated units, and is capable of supporting airlift and aeromedical evacuation operations, tactical airlift control, combat civil engineering, air control, and combat readiness and training.
Col. Watson received his commission in the Marine Corps from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996. He joined the Air National Guard in 2009, where he has served in a variety of positions including command at the squadron and group level. He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours and has deployed in four different aircraft to various overseas locations, to include flying missions in Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to assuming his current position, the colonel served as the Vice Wing Commander and Air Commander, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi.

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