Base command role reinstated at Ohakea

Increased capabilities at Ohakea Air Force Base have heralded the return of the position of base commander.

Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Commodore Andrew Woods said the position of base commander, which had been a position at the base in the past, recognised that there was more to the base than just the planes.

Previously there was a senior commander who looked after the "wings" side of the base, and another overseeing the support side.

He wanted people to think of the whole base as a team, whether it was support staff or flying staff.

The current senior commander, Group Captain Darren Webb, is expected to move into the position at the end of the year but they hadn't quite finished the planning stages, Woods said.

He said his job would subtly change to include oversight of the support side of the base.

Whenuapai Air Force Base in Auckland would also have the base commander role reinstated but a decision had yet to be made on what would happen at the much smaller Woodbourne base in Blenheim.

Manawatu Standard