Colonel W. Halsey Burks is the Commander, 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The 15th Wing provides trained and ready Airmen to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the Commander, Pacific Air Forces to execute strategic airlift, air dominance, and executive airlift missions via C-17A, C-37A, C-40 Band, F-22A aircraft. As the commander, Colonel Burks serves as the senior airfield authority on Hickam Field and is responsible for the airfield’s safe and effective operation. Hickam Field serves as a strategic launching pad for the projection of American airpower throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The wing’s total force integration relationship with the Hawaii Air National Guard is critical to the day-to-day operations and maintenance successes of the C-17 and F-22 mission sets. The 15th Wing also serves as the Air Force lead in partnership with the Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to provide mission support to all other Air Force entities on base.