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Thursday, 29 May 2014
Story and photo by Melissa Buckley
GUIDON staff
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Fort Leonard Wood’s Air Force Detachment is under new command.

Maj. Billy Allen took command of Detachment 1 of the 364th Training Squadron from Lt. Col. Scott Bole May 21 in the John B. Mahaffey Museum.  

Lt. Col. Sabine Slover, 364th Training Squadron commander, presided over the ceremony.  
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Maj. Billy Allen receives the flag from presiding officer, Lt. Col. Sabine Slover as Lt. Col. Scott Bole looks on during the Air Force Detachment change of command ceremony held in the John B. Mahaffey Museum on May 21.

Slover thanked Bole for his accomplishments as commander of the schoolhouse.  

“I spent a good amount of time talking to the people of Detachment 1 and one overwhelming message was heard loud and clear. You are leaving this place 10 times better than you found it,” Slover said. “You fought relentlessly to improve the quality of life, not only for the students, but for the permanent party.”  

Bole said he will remember his time on Fort Leonard Wood fondly for several reasons — his son was born on post, and he said he is thankful for the friendships his Family made here.

“Our mission is simple. We are to produce young Airmen that are going to tackle challenges in their field of expertise,” Bole said. “They won’t leave here as experts, but they will have a solid foundation.”

Bole praised the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood leaders for their guidance and mentorship for the last two years.

Bole turned to the incoming commander and said he was leaving him in good hands.  

“If you listen to these folks, you are going to be successful. They will support you,” Bole said. “Coolio, sums it up best, he said, ‘come along and ride on a fantastic voyage,’ and that’s what this is. I wish you the best of luck.”  

Allen comes to Fort Leonard Wood from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., where he was the Airfield Pavement Evaluation Branch chief at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

“Billy, this is an awe inspiring task you are about to undertake. I firmly believe you are the right man for the job,” Slover said.  

After the official passing of the guidon, Allen said he is extremely excited and proud to be a part of this organization.

“I’ve already worked with several of the detachment’s members. I am proud of their professionalism and I’m impressed,” Allen said.  

Allen received his commission from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps upon graduation from Washington State University in 2001. He has served as a base level engineer, Red Horse project engineer and engineering and operations flight commander.   

He has been deployed three times, twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Nicaragua for a New Horizons humanitarian assistance mission.   

Allen is married with two children.  

The 364th Training Squadron, Detachment 1 is a contingent of the 364th Training Squadron, located at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.  

The detachment includes more than 100 faculty and staff members who provide apprentice and advanced level Pavements and Equipment, Emergency Management, Engineering and Vehicle Operations training for about 300 Air Force students daily.
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