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Grissom Air Force Base names IU Kokomo Chancellor Harris 'Honorary Wing Commander 2012'

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Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris has been selected as the "Honorary Wing Commander 2012" by Grissom Air Reserve Base officials. Harris will assume duties at a special ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Grissom. "A committee of public affairs officials and base commanders met to select community leaders and rank them in order for this program," said Lt. Col. Gary Lockard, chief of public affairs. "Honorary Wing Commander is the most prestigious of the seven honorary commanders chosen." Lockard met Harris during a civic leader air refueling flight last year and recognized at that time he "could be an outstanding person" for the honorary commander program. "I am truly honored and delighted to serve as Honorary Wing Commander, to have this opportunity to represent IU Kokomo and the community, to learn and share my experience with others," Harris said. "I have tremendous respect for the men and women at Grissom and their daily commitment. They daily engage in exercises and front-line operations worldwide to protect our democracy, values and Michael Harris

our freedom while putting themselves at risk. In addition, their presence is vital to the economic and social well-being of

our North Central Indiana. "We are fortunate to have Grissom Base here in North Central Indiana," he added. Grissom Air Reserve Base has a long history of interaction with civic and community leaders, and the honorary commanders program is a valuable part of the base's outreach activities. With this program, select individuals from the community are matched with Grissom's key commanders. The goal is to provide the honorary commanders with a rare, inside look at the base, its mission and its people. The honorary commanders will then take their experiences at Grissom and share them with others from their respective communities.

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Grissom Air Force Base names IU Kokomo Chancellor Harris 'Honorary Wing Commander 2012': IU Home Pages: Faculty and staff news from the campuses of Indiana University

Harris joined 20 state legislators Aug. 17, 2011, for an air refueling flight. He joined the cockpit crew of the KC-135R Stratotanker during takeoff and witnessed the refueling of a RC-135 Rivet Joint from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Grissom ARB is one of only five Air Force Reserve Command bases in the nation and is home to reserve units from the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps. The host unit is the 434th Air Refueling Wing, which is equipped with a fleet of KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft. Read Grissom's announcement listing all the commanders.

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