United States Air Force Col. James D. Macaulay took over as Commander of the 442 Operations Group Sunday in a Change of Command ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base.
Macaulay will function as the key manager for 27 A-10C aircraft, group staff, two combat units, and active association members tasked to recruit, train, develop and retain combat-ready citizen airmen for A-10 air expeditionary combat mission tasking. As OG commander, he is responsible for the logistics and financial management of a $7 million operating budget and over $2 billion in combat assets.
“In my 35 years of service, I have never been to a base that works so seamlessly with the community,” Macaulay said.
Brig. Gen. Hubert “Hubie” Hegtvedt, Commander of the 442nd Fighter Wing said Macaulay is a valuable addition to Whiteman AFB.
“His breadth of experience in combat during three wars and his people skills are invaluable to this base and this nation,” Hegtvedt said.
Macaulay was born in New Hampshire and raised in Micanopy, Florida. He attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984. Following his commission, he attended Euro NATO Undergraduate Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, and has since logged more than 5,600 fighter hours in the OA-37 and the A-10 as a command pilot. Col Macaulay has flown close air support and ground attack missions in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom.
Prior to his appointment at Whiteman AFB, Maccaulay served as chief of the Flight Standards Division, HQ Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
He has also trained over 400 pilots in the employment of the A-10 and commanded at the squadron and group level.