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Columbia man named commanding officer

By on October 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

Brig. Gen. David Newman, chief of the joint staff of the Missouri National Guard, hands the 157th Air Operations Group guidon to Col. Richard Chapman on Oct. 13. (National Guard photo by Bill Phelan)

The 157th Air Operation Group of the Missouri Air National Guard and Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County has a new commanding officer after a change of command ceremony Oct. 13 at the historic military post.

Col. Richard L. Chapman, Jr., of Columbia, assumed command of the unit from recently-promoted Brig. Gen. David F. Newman, who is now chief of the joint staff of the Missouri National Guard at Joint Force Headquarters in Jefferson City. Newman had served as 157th commander for 12 years.

The 157th Air Operation Group is one of 10 Air Guard units responsible for augmenting geographic and functional air operations worldwide. The unit includes the 121st Air Control Squadron, also headquartered at Jefferson Barracks.

As the new 157th commander, Chapman also becomes the new Jefferson Barracks base commander, a title also previously held by Newman.

Chapman is no stranger to the 157th, having served as its deputy commander for several years.

Born in Augusta, Maine, Chapman attended The Citadel, earning a degree in political science and an officer’s commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Chapman also holds a masters degree in science and administrative management from Central Michigan University. Col. Chapman is a veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served aboard the B-52G and B-1B bombers.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.