187th Fighter Wing commander resigns | News
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Colonel Jeffrey S. Smiley, the Commander of the 187th Fighter Wing in Montgomery resigned his position Tuesday and was immediately replaced by Colonel Scott Patten as the interim wing commander.
WSFA 12 News sought reaction from Governor Robert Bentley's office and was referred to the Alabama National Guard for information on any pending investigation.
The Alabama National Guard would not comment on the colonel's actions beyond confirming his resignation.
Smiley, who served as commander of the 187th since 2006, was responsible for providing a combat ready force of about 1,000 personnel and maintaining F-16C+ Fighting Falcon and the associated Expeditionary Combat Support forces, to support the Expeditionary Air Force, according to his biography.
Colonel Smiley entered the Air Force in 1980 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program from Texas A&M University.
Smiley's interim replacement, Colonel Scott Patten was most recently Vice Commander of the 187th, a position he's held since mid-2010. He entered the Air Force in 1986 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps from the University of Southern Mississippi.
WSFA 12 News will have more information as it becomes available.