Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Hotaling has been appointed chief of the Air National Guard command, where he will act as lead adviser to incoming Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke.
The Air Force said Hotaling succeeds Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, who retired in September after serving nearly four years as head of Air National Guard command.
Hotaling currently serves as Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force, also known as Air Forces Northern.
“This is a bittersweet moment for my family and I,” Hotaling said. “On one hand I am excited to be moving on to bigger challenges serving our Air National Guard, but on the other I will miss the camaraderie and friendships I have established during my short time here at First Air Force.”
As the Air Guard’s 11th command chief, he will advise Clarke on readiness, morale, welfare, proper use and progress of more than 90,000 enlisted airmen.
Before joining the First Air Force, he held tactics and leadership positions with Air Force special tactics units.
Hotaling also serves as a member of the Air Guard’s Enlisted Field Advisory Council and the Combat Control Association.