Col. Craig R. Baker (U.S. Air Force photo)

The commanding officer at the Ohio Air National Guard base near Toledo will be leaving in August to take a Pentagon staff position.

Air Force Col. Craig Baker, who has been the 180th Fighter Wing’s commander since March, 2014, will be succeeded by Lt. Col. Kevin V. Doyle, who now is chief of safety with the Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne.

Colonel Baker is to become division chief for air force strategy at the directorate of operations, Air Force Headquarters. Colonel Doyle is to arrive at the Toledo base in July, with a formal change-of-command ceremony planned for Aug. 7.

"It’s a great opportunity to further advance my career," the colonel said Wednesday, noting that he will be up for promotion in August and the new assignment will support that effort.

Colonel Doyle is scheduled for promotion from lieutenant colonel to colonel in conjunction with his new command.

Like Colonel Baker, Colonel Doyle is a career Air Force officer, although he started his 32-year military career as an enlisted Marine.

He received his commission as an Air Force second lieutenant in 1989 and was most recently promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2004.

Colonel Baker was the 180th’s first commanding officer to be drawn from the ranks of active-duty Air Force officers. In the Toledo area, he likely will be best remembered for leading the…

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