Frantz takes command

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  • By Master Sgt. Allen Pickert
  • 190th Public Affairs
Col. Jarrod Frantz is the new commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing. He assumed command during a ceremony during the April Unit Training Assembly.

Frantz was born and raised in the Topeka area and enlisted in the 190th ARW in August 1985, serving as a crew chief in the 190th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron while attending the University of Kansas. In October 1988 he became a boom operator where he logged over 900 hours and was amongst the first crews to deploy in support of Operation Desert Shield.

Since receiving his commission, Frantz has served as 190th  Logistics Group Chief of Quality Services, 117th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) Executive Officer, Element Leader "A" Flight, Commander "A" Flight, 117th ARS Operations Officer and Commander of the 117th ARS. He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in the KC-135 E/D/R aircraft and more than 9,400 total heavy jet hours.  He has flown more than 75 combat/combat support sorties totaling more than 460 hours in direct support of Operations Deny Flight, Joint Endeavor, Deliberate Guard, Allied Force, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Unified Protector.