BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --
Lt. Col. Gregory Watson took command of the 343rd Bomb Squadron during a ceremony here Oct. 15, 2022.
The former 343rd BS deputy commander brings more than 21 years of service to the unit, including previous experience as the commander of the 307th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Watson was a navigator, radar navigator, and executive officer during his time with the 23rd BS at Minot, N.D. He later served in the 20th BS as a radar navigator instructor, flight commander, and chief of training, standardization and evaluation.
During his speech to the 343rd BS personnel at the event, Col. Christopher Hawn, 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, highlighted Watson’s established reputation as a warrior and leader. Hawn emphasized Watson’s passion and commitment to selfless service and assured him that he had the squadron’s support.
“As you embark on yet another command tour, know that you have our full confidence and full support,” said Hawn. “Confidence in your ability to lead the Avengers despite certain adversity, and support to do so with passion and commitment.”
Watson followed Hawn’s speech, alluding to the 343rd Bomb Squadron’s history of gallantry and valor. He ended the speech with his plan to build upon this history.
“We will need every bit of those traits as we face our most challenging adversaries,” said Watson. “The good news for us and bad news for them is that we have a depth of experience and comradery unmatched in any bomb squadron in the Air Force.”