Team Pope units welcome new commanders Published July 15, 2022 By Tech. Sgt. Sydney Knizekewich Pope Army Airfield Public Affairs POPE ARMY AIRFIELD, N.C. -- A busy day of change ensued at Pope Army Airfield on July 13, 2022. Two of the largest units, the 43d Air Mobility Operations Group and the 18th Air Support Operations Group, welcomed their new commanders and bid fond farewells to their previous leadership teams. That morning, Col. Richard Kovsky assumed command of the 18th Air Support Operations Group during the change-of-command ceremony officiated by Col. Timothy Hood, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander. Encompassing over 800 Airmen, Guardians, civilians, and contractors within 6 units at 4 different installations across the eastern United States, the 18th Air Support Operations Group provides precision air, space, and cyber capabilities to conventional, airborne and special operations forces. In the afternoon, Col. Andrew Black assumed command of the 43d Air Mobility Operations Group during the change-of-command ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Mark Camerer, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander. Comprised of over 650 personnel and seven squadrons, the 43d Air Mobility Operations Group supports nearly 2,700 Airmen and civilians across four Major Commands. The group is prepared to meet short-notice, humanitarian, and worldwide mobility taskings to secure national objectives.