Whiteman AFB, MO – A Waterloo man has been named commander of the Missouri Air National Guard’s 121st Air Control Squadron at Jefferson Barracks.
Lt. Col. William V. Boothman took command of the squadron during a ceremony at the post on Oct. 1. He replaces Col. David W. Newman, who is the Jefferson Barracks’ base commander.
“Bill Boothman is the right man for this job,” said Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Cotter, assistant adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. “He has the right foundation and background to lead this unit.”
Boothman attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. He served four years in the Air Force before enlisting in the Missouri Air National Guard, where he has served for 20 years. His first Air Guard assignment was as the training officer for the 121st.
After the 121st was deactivated in 1999, Boothman became the base civil engineer at Jefferson Barracks and later the conversion officer for the 157th Air Operation Group.
“This is a very technical military occupation,” Boothman said. “We train to perform long range aircraft radar command and control. We give aircraft in the air all the information that is beyond their capabilities and feed that information back through data links or to people around the globe if necessary.”
The 121st Air Control Squadron falls under command and control of the 131st Bomb Wing, headquartered at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
Boothman and his wife, Julie, have three children, Emma, Will and Hillary.
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