Colonel James "Erik" Hearon will replace interim commander, Colonel Joe Spraggins, who will return to the air guard's combat readiness training center in Gulfport. A change of command ceremony is set for Sept. 7.
Hearon is a 33-year air guard veteran and pilot who most recently served as operations groups commander of Jackson's 172nd Airlift Wing.
Meanwhile, sources close to an investigation into activities at the 186th Air Refueling Wing say that certain officers at the unit spent money earmarked for drug fighting on personal items and gifts. An investigation into those claims continues.