Evans takes command of 168th Mission Support Group

Release Number: 011016

Lt. Col. Jack R. Evans assumed command of the 168th Mission Support Group, Alaska Air National Guard, today through an assumption of command ceremony, giving the Interior-Alaska wing it's newest commander.

Evans succeeds Col. Scott Howard, who was reassigned as the Air-Director of Staff, Alaska Joint Force Headquarters at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska. Evans previously served as the commander of the 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage.

"Lt. Col. Evans is the definition of a servant leader, he serves for his people," said Col. Torrence Saxe, 168th Wing commander and presiding officer of today's ceremony.

The mission support group encompasses civil engineering, disaster preparedness, environmental management, personnel, logistics plans, programs and readiness, unit supply, transportation, vehicle maintenance, contracting, security forces, services, and command, control, communications and computer systems, providing support for state and federal missions.

"I want to thank Col. Saxe for giving me this opportunity," said Evans as he addressed those in attendance. "I've always tried to prepare myself, tried to make sure I had my training completed, and never aspired to command, but knew if I prepared that I could get that opportunity."

Evans entered the Army in April 1982.  He served as an airborne combat engineer in Vicenza, Italy until 1985 and received his commission through the Army Reserve Officer Training Program at the University of Illinois in May 1987. He cross-trained into Special Forces, with assignments at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Polk, Louisiana. 

After a seven year break in service, he joined the Air National Guard at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee in August 2004.  Since that time, he has served in three ANG Wings, commanded two expeditionary engineer squadrons, and completed a tour on the Air Staff at the Air National Guard Readiness Center.

Evans personal awards include five Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award among other unit-level and service awards.