301 FW vice commander departs, leaves lasting impact

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  • By Staff Sgt. Randall Moose
  • 301st Fighter Wing

Col. Korey ”Axe” Amundson, 301st Fighter Wing vice commander, hosted a farewell event and prepared for his departure at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on February 5, 2022.

After serving with the 301 FW from October 2020 until February 2022, Amundson reflected on his Traditional Reservist assignment and gratitude for the experience.

“When I joined the military after graduating from the Air Force Academy, I had figured I would be in for four or five years and be done,” said Amundson. “And yet, here I am, 28 years later; I am grateful to have served alongside the men and women of the 301st Fighter Wing.”

Amundson attributes his continued military service and career to the opportunities available to him as a traditional reservist.

“The only way I was able to make it this long was because of the opportunities available to me as a TR and throughout my career I have bounced between different military positions, all while working on my civilian career as a Delta Airlines pilot for the past 14 years,” said Amundson. “Civilian flying is not easier, but is completely different from flying fighter aircraft, where I certainly get a lot of air mileage.”

For Amundson, the Dallas-Fort Worth community holds special meaning to him.

“The joint command here between the Air Force, the Navy and the National Guard has been amazing, along with the remarkable support we get from the local community,” said Amundson. “Seeing the Holidays & Heroes event last month, as a great example of the relationship between the base and the local community, was awesome.”

The 301 FW mission is to train and deploy combat-ready Airmen. Amundson is proud to have been a part of the mission and had a message to share with the wing as he prepares for his new assignment as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Current Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force. 

“Thank you for all the hard work and I have loved working with you all on drill weekends,” said Amundson. “I’ll make sure to visit each office when I can since I have enjoyed watching our Airmen working hard to accomplish the mission; I see that drive to complete the mission and I swell with pride.”

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