News | Sept. 21, 2016

Maj. LaPray takes command of 940th Force Support Squadron

By Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams 940th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Maj. Alicia K. LaPray assumed command of the 940th Force Support Squadron from Lt. Col. Emily D. Dierhka during a change of command ceremony, Sept. 10, 2016 at Beale Air Force Base, California.

Col. Roderick T. Grunwald, 940th Mission Support Group commander, was the presiding official and spoke highly of LaPray as the selection to be the 940 FSS newest commander.

“No matter where she has been placed, Major LaPray has worked diligently and exceeded expectations,” Grunwald said. “I have no reservations that you will be able to adapt your leadership and handle any challenge that may be thrown your way and look forward to your chapter of command within the FSS.”

LaPray will be responsible for overseeing the extensive support activities in human resources, personnel management and accountability, Department of Defense port mortuary, and educational and training services for the 940th Air Refueling Wing.

Most recently, LaPray served as the 940th Air Refueling Wing executive officer, where she was the wing commander’s principal coordinator for executive and administrative decisions for over 1,200 military members and civilians.

During the ceremony, LaPray spoke to the members of the 940 FSS about her excitement and goals as their new commander.

“The course ahead of us is going to have obstacles,” LaPray said. “But I’m confident as we move forward, as one team and with one mission, those challenges will soon become our triumphs.”

Grunwald also spoke of the departing commander's exceptional leadership and performance during her four years and nine month tour as the 940 FSS commander.

Emily, your dedication and effort have been key to the evolving mission sets and growth of the 940 ARW,” Grunwald said. “Thank you for your commitment to our team.”

The out-going commander expressed her appreciation for her Airmen and thanked everyone for their support and hard work during her tenure.

“It’s a bit surreal standing here before you as the outgoing commander,” Dierhka said. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me...I owe you all a great deal. You have taught me a lot, how to maintain my sense of humor, patience, to take pride and joy in the accomplishments as they come. I wish you all the best.”

After handing the squadron to LaPray, Dierhka began her new position as chief of wing inspections for the 940th.

LaPray thanked Dierhka for the squadron’s performance and excellent reputation of its Airmen.

“I will work hard to keep things moving in the direction that they need to,” LaPray said. “The unit is full of talented and motivated professionals and I can’t wait to see what we can do.”