SHILOH – Shiloh Village Board welcomed special guest Colonel Ray Smith, Commander of the 932nd Operations Group, to their October board meeting. Col. Smith has been partnering with Village Administrator John Marquardt through a community and Scott Air Force Base collaboration project.
“At Scott Air Force Base, Col. Laura Lenderman, previous commander of 375th initiated a program called the Honorary Commanders Program where various individuals from different communities team up with officials from the base and learn the missions of the base, and vice versa, those individuals learn things about our communities. Our commander is John Marquardt and his liaison is Col. Ray Smith with 932nd Wing Command. Ray is the Operations Group Commander and he’s in charge of the 73rd Airlift Squadron, the 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, the 932nd Operations Support Flight and the 12th Operations Weather Flight,” explained Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier.
Col. Smith explained that there are four total groups in the 932nd Unit, and those groups, like the one he commands, are then composed of squadrons and flights.
Smith’s group flies four C-40 airplanes, and he said “You guys live here, you’ve seen them. They’re the gorgeous blue and whites, and we take them everywhere.”