Col Mach assumes command of 927 OG

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Adam C. Borgman
  • 927th Air Refueling Wing
Col. James Mach assumed command of the 927th Operations Group during a ceremony held on
July 14, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Presiding over the ceremony was Col. Douglas Stouffer, 927th Air Refueling Wing Commander,
who said he believes that Mach will provide the group with great leadership.

“You’re going to take over a fantastic group of squadrons,” said Stouffer. “This will be your first
time commanding commanders, which is an interesting dynamic. I know you are up for the
challenge to support our mission, combat ready citizen Airmen fueling the fight.”

Mach comes to the 927 ARW after spending the last year as the Chief of Mobility Air Forces
Division, HQ U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. Prior to his time at the headquarters, Mach also
served at various other assignments including a six-year stint at Scott Air Force Base, IL with Air
Mobility Command and U.S. Transportation Command.

After receiving the guide-on, Mach addressed the 927th Operations Group in attendance.

“I stand ready to learn from you [the men and women of the 927 OG] and lead us in meeting
our service’s and nation’s requirements,” said Mach. “I look forward to moving the operations
group forward, professionally, leading with and fostering the attitude required to enhance the
accomplishment of the wing’s mission.”

The 927 OG is comprised of nearly 300 Airmen and three squadrons; the 63rd Air Refueling
Squadron, the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 927th Operations Support
Squadron. As the commander of the OG, Mach is responsible for ensuring that the operations
group provides mission ready Airmen in support of missions around the globe.