Lt. Col. Corliss assumes command of the 144th Mission Support Group

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  • By Capt. Jason Sancez
  • 144th Fighter Wing
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Corliss assumed command of the 144th Mission Support Group during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 9, 2022, at the Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif.

As Mission Support group commander, Corliss host base infrastructure activities and Agile Combat Support functions through over 400 Citizen-Airmen who comprise the Force Support Squadron, logistics Readiness Squadron, Security Forces Squadron, Civil Engineering Squadron, and Communications Flight.

Corliss graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and commissioned into the infantry as a second lieutenant and a U.S. Army Ranger. He then joined the California Air National Guard and the 144th Fighter Wing in 2005 and earned his wings in 2006. Since he joined the wing, he has flown F-16s and F-15s with the 194th Fighter Squadron.

He has served numerous leadership position within the 144th Operations Group, the 194th Fighter Squadron, and other units. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Chief of Safety for the 144th Fighter Wing.
His goal is to create a command climate that fosters autonomy, speed, and trust.

He intends to implement the Wing’s Focus Areas of cultivating a positive Culture, sustaining Force Development, improving the Readiness of our Agile Combat Support capabilities, and building Relationships.

“I want to know each and every Airman personally and “do life” with them; I intend to manage our organization’s tempo, to achieve Life Balance, finding a healthy blend of occupational, familial, social, spiritual, and leisure pursuits; I want us to train with the assumption that we won’t have the luxury of time during our next war/conflict; I want us to determine what systems/capabilities are essential to our success and protect them, while constructing secondary and tertiary functions to operate in a contested environment.”