Former 9th Air Force Commander to Direct South Carolina Task Force
William “Dutch” Holland, a retired two-star general who commanded the 9th Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., has been named executive coordinator of the panel created to protect South Carolina’s installations from pending defense cuts.
Holland’s experience at Shaw and work with the Sumter Base Defense Committee, the community organization that supports Shaw, qualified him for the position with the South Carolina Military Base Task Force, state Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, who heads the task force, told the State newspaper.
One of his initial priorities will be to warn lawmakers and the public about the dangers of automatic spending cuts set to take effect starting in January. Holland’s duties also will include promoting the state’s installations and coordinating the efforts of the state’s four primary military communities — Columbia, Sumter, Charleston and Beaufort — to preserve their installations.
The bases in those four areas contribute an estimated $13 billion annual economic impact to the state.