A 1991 Troy University graduate took command of the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada this summer.
Col. Richard H. Boutwell, who received a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from TROY, took over during a change of command ceremony earlier this summer. As commander of the 99th Air Base Wing, Col. Boutwell oversees Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base and the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range. He is responsible for three Groups and 14 Squadrons providing installation support for operational testing, tactics development and advanced training in air, space and cyberspace as well as global remotely piloted aircraft operations.
Col. Boutwell entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of TROY's ROTC program. He earned his wings at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. in 1993. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours and was a demonstration pilot for the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, the "Thunderbirds." He also has flown 149 hours in combat and served in Operations Uphold Democracy, Southern Watch, Northern Watch and Provide Comfort.
Col. Boutwell has served as an instructor pilot, flight examiner and operations officer. He most recently served as chief of the Force Application Division at the Pentagon.
Col. Boutwell also holds a master's in military operational art and science from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base and a master's in national security strategy from National War College at Fort McNair.