SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A Laurinburg native became commander of a U.S. Air Force squadron in a ceremony last month at Joint Base San Antonio.
Maj. Aaron Banks, a 1996 graduate of Scotland High School, was placed at the head of Detachment 2, 561st Network Operations Squadron, in a change of command ceremony on July 11. He is the son of Carolyn Banks of Laurinburg, a technology teacher in the Scotland County Schools.
Banks will lead more than 500 telecommunications personnel in maintenance and operation to provide worldwide connectivity for base, theater and global missions.
Since July 2012, Banks has served at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, since July 2013 as deputy commander of the 86th communications squadron there. He entered the Air Force in 2001 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and was promoted to major in May 2011.
Banks’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.