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COMMON BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas – Lt. Col. Marcus D. Hutson assumed command of 5th Flight Training Squadron, Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma during a June 8 ceremony chaired by Col. Michael J. Vanzo, commanding officer of 340th Flight Training Group.

Prior to assuming command, Hutson was the squadron’s director of operations. The squadron’s new director of operations, Lt. Col. Ian Bass, is a former US Navy aviator who transferred to the Air Force Reserve – and the 5th FTS – in 2010.

As the commander of 5th FTS, Hutson is responsible for executing the Air Education and Training Command / Air Force Reserve Command Associate Instructor Program at Vance, supporting the operations of the 71st Flight Training Wing, performing near 9,000 trips per year.

Hutson was commissioned in 2003 by the Air Force Officer Training School, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology from Purdue University. He also earned a Masters in Military Operational Arts and Sciences and completed the Air Command and Staff College in 2013.

He is a command pilot with more than 3000 hours of flight time on F-16C, T-37, T-38.

Among his many career leadership roles, Hutson served as an Air Liaison Officer supporting the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort. Bragg, North Carolina, racking up more than 30 static line breaks and two deployments in support of Army operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hutson has won various medals and accolades including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Medal of Honor, and Army Medal of Honor and Company Rank Officer air number of the year in 2010.

Outgoing 5th FTS Commander Lt. Col. Matthew Johnson will continue to fly for the squadron, while focusing on spending more time with family and his civilian role as a commercial airline pilot.

The 5th FTS is one of the seven training squadrons of the 340th FTG (six of those responsible for flight training).

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