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Moody bids farewell to a respected leader

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A change of command is about to take place at Moody Air Force Base.

The base has experienced tremendous growth since Colonel Kenneth Todorov became wing commander in May 2007.  Next week, Colonel Todorov will say goodbye.

"23rd Wing, I just want to say 'thank you.'  Thanks for doing the great job that you've done. I've been humbled to be your wing commander," Todorov said as he stood before a group of airmen.

During Todorov's term, he expanded the missions of the HC-130 aircraft.  He broadened their combat missions to encompass humanitarian efforts as well, such as providing relief during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike.

Colonel Todorov also brought A-10 aircraft and maintenance facilities to Moody.  He saw through the construction of new housing, gym facilities, a library, and a new headquarters building. In total, Todorov over-saw more than 140 million dollars in new construction.

"You know the command on base care about you--to provide those things for you so that you have a better quality of life," says Captain Nelson Bennett.

The airmen of the 23rd Wing say Colonel Todorov encouraged them to reach their full potential.

1st Lt. Sean Ruane of 41st Rescue Squadron says, "With the flying wings here, he has pushed us to train together more often, and become a better rescue force and fighting force."

While Todorov is excited to take on his new position in Colorado Springs as Executive Assistant to the Commander of United States Northern Command, he says his exit is bittersweet.

"Oh, I'll definitely miss our airmen, number one," Todorov says.  "I'll miss our community, number two, and I'll miss this great mission--having all these airmen doing the great work they do for our nation and our air force."

While the flying tigers are sad to see their commander go, the growth Todorov has inspired will continue long past his goodbyes.

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