By Airman 1st Class C. Todd Lopez
Turner relinquished command to Stokes to accept an assignment as Chief of the Traffic Management Division, HQ USAF/ILTT at the Pentagon.
Stokes, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., earned a bachelor's degree in Aviation Management from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Webster College, St. Louis, Mo.
His career includes assignments command of two squadrons at Altos Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and Deputy Logistics Group Commander, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Korea. Most recently, Stokes was assigned NAF Chief, Logistics Division, 19th Air Force, Randolph Air Force Base, 'Texas.
Stokes awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, an Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal, and a Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars.
As commander of the 436th Logistics Group, Stokes will be responsible for providing complete on/off equipment maintenance, supply, fuels, transportation and contracting support for 36 C-S aircraft and 7,500 personnel assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing, the 512th Airlift Wing, and 17 tenant units, and will manage off station logistics support for five Air Mobility Command European forward operating locations.