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The goal of the Honorary Commander Program is to build and maintain a strong and lasting bond between the 181st Intelligence Wing and surrounding communities, while exposing community leaders to the missions of the 181st IW and the important role of today’s military.

The Honorary Commanders Program serves as an opportunity to educate key community leaders about the innovative missions of the 181st IW, foster a supportive relationship with the community, increase military involvement in civic endeavors and organizations, and demonstrate the community is part of the 181st IW.

The honorary commanders are partnered with 181st IW commanders. The military commanders invite their civilian counterpart to unit functions, allowing the honorary commander to observe their duties and the missions/operations of the 181st IW.

The honorary commanders are also invited throughout the year to on-base functions and special events. Honorary commanders are encouraged to invite their counterpart to their functions and to learn about their professions.

181st IW Commander Colonel Christopher Alderdice recently welcomed the first class of 2018 honorary commanders.

“This inaugural class of honorary commanders represents what makes this community great,” said Alderdice. “The 181st Intelligence Wing is committed to building positive relationships with the communities surrounding the base, and this program serves as another way of demonstrating these relationships are vital to our mission success.”

Those who would like to be considered or would like to nominate someone may speak to 181st IW Public Affairs/Community Manager staff at 812-877-5218.


Class of 2018
Dottie King - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, president (181st Intel Wing)
Rob Lundstrom - Wellness for Life Medical, LLC, president (181st ISR Group)
Lea Anne Crooks - Ivy Tech Community College, chancellor (181st Medical Group)
Judge John Roach - Superior Court Judge Terre Haute, Ind. (181st Mission Support Group)
Kevin Caldwell - Burger Chrysler Jeep, Inc., president (113th Air Support Operations Squadron)
David Patterson - Vigo County Convention and Visitors, executive director (181st Operations Support Squadron)
Josh Zuerner - Joink, LLC, president & CEO/CTO (181st Intelligence Support Squadron)
Jim Winning - Old National bank, marketing president (137th Intelligence Squadron)
Bob Baesler - Baesler's Market, owner (181st Force Support Squadron)
Patrick Ralston - First Financial Bank, vice president of business and economic development and government relations (181st Security Forces Squadron)
Rick Burger - Duke Energy Corporation, manager (181st Civil Engineering Squadron)