New Commander for 101st Air Refueling Wing 

The 101-st Air Refueling Wing out of Bangor has a new commander.During a change of command ceremony Sunday, Brigadier General Stephen Atkinson relinquished control of the unit to Colonel John D’Errico.General Atkinson has served with the Maine National Guard since 1977, and as commander of the 101st for more than four years.During that time, he was responsible for the full range of command, discipline, and training for the Wing. Major General Bill Libby says that was no small feat, considering the increase in activity following 9/11.<"since 9/11, this unit has had hundreds of men and women on active duty, providing the refueling support this nation needs to transport its troops, its equipment and its fighters overseas.">General Atkinson is now taking on a new role, as Chief of Staff at Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Augusta. New commander Colonel John D’Errico has served with the Guard since 1978.Before serving as Vice Commander of the 101st Air Refueling Wing for over the past three years, Colonel D’Errico also filled the roles of Operations Officer and Commander with the 132nd Air Refueling Squadron and Commander of the 101st Operations Group.