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Col. Tom Wilcox Takes Over 341st Missile Wing

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Col. Tom Wilcox has stepped up to the plate as the new commander of the troubled 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

He is taking over just a week after the previous commander, Col. Robert Stanley, retired from the Air Force as a result of scandals that rocked the base.

"People way more senior than me completed this 60 day investigation and afterward this is what they decided. This is the direction they want to go and so my tone is one of moving forward," said Wilcox.

Col. Wilcox is stressing three main goals for the missile wing. One of those goals is a smooth and respectful transition since many of the airmen are guarded about the many changes.

"The first thing you have to do is come in with team work because we all need each other. Also you have to treat people with respect because it's the right thing to do and without respect you lose them," said Wilcox.

The other goals include team work to keep the nuclear mission going and precision over perfection in training. Col. Wilcox believes these goals will help to boost the morale of the airmen.

"The team is ready to move forward and get beyond this by looking at the positive changes that are coming and the positive changes that have already happened. I believe as we move down the road the morale will increase," said Wilcox.

This is not Col. Wilcox's first time at Malmstrom Air Force Base. His first assignment in the Air Force was at Malmstrom in 1992, and he worked with the 341st Missile Wing in September to help them pass the safety and security inspection they failed in August.

Col. Wilcox is honored to be back in Great Falls saying that with the teamwork between the base and the community many positive changes are on the horizon for the 341st Missile Wing.

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