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Volk Field installs new Commander

Col. Matthew Eakins will be Volk Field's 13th Commander
Brig. Gen. David May and Col. Matthew Eakins at the formal assumption of command ceremony
Col. Matthew Eakins
Posted at 8:20 AM, Jan 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-14 09:20:57-05

CAMP DOUGLAS (NBC 26) — Volk Field has installed Col. Matthew Eakins as it's newest commander. The 1996 University of Wisconsin graduate says he is humbled and honored to take the position.

“I’m excited to be in command of such a world-class organization,” Eakins said. "There are only four CRTCs in the country, and Volk Field is known to be the best."

Eakins has a 21-year military career, and most recently commanded the 115th Mission Support Group at Truax Field in Madison. As he moves into his new role, he embraced the units and personnel he'll be working closely with in the future.

“Today, Volk Field, I want to be part of your team, and part of your family,” Eakins said. “I will be your advocate. I will fight for the resources you need to provide the best training possible to ensure you are equipped for the execution of your mission — our mission."

"I know you’ll do great things,” he continued, “and I look forward to doing them with you.”

First Vice Commander Lt. Col. Tom Bauer served as the interim commander for the past two months.