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130th Airlift Wing welcomes a new commander

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Col. Bryan Preece, 130th Airlift Wing Commander, renders his first salute at the 130th Airlift Wing Change of Command on May 4, 2019 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Preece assumed command from Col. Johnny Ryan, becoming the 130th’s 10th wing commander. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Caleb Vance)

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Col. Bryan Preece gives his first speech after assuming command 130th Airlift Wing during a change of command ceremony held May 4, 2019, at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Bryan Preece assumed command of the unit from Col. Johnny Ryan, becoming the 10th commander in the organization’s history. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. De-Juan Haley)

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Col. Bryan Preece, incoming commander of the 130th Airlift Wing, accepts the 130th AW guidon from Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, during a change of command ceremony held May 4, 2019, at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Bryan Preece assumed command of the unit from Col. Johnny Ryan, becoming the 10th commander in the organization’s history. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. De-Juan Haley)

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Col. Johnny Ryan, outgoing 130th Airlift Wing commander, presents his wife, Connie, a gift as a thanks for her support at the 130th AW change of command held May 4, 2019, at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Bryan Preece assumed command of the unit from Col. Johnny Ryan, becoming the 10th commander in the organization’s history. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. De-Juan Haley)

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Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, shakes the hand of Connie Ryan, wife of Col. Johnny Ryan, outgoing 130th Airlift Wing commander, during the 130th AW Change of command held May 4, 2019 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Bryan Preece assumed command of the unit from Col. Johnny Ryan, becoming the 10th commander in the organization’s history. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. De-Juan Haley)

Change of Command, WVANG, WVNG, 130AW

West Virginia National Guard and 130th Airlift Wing Leadership pray during the 130th AW change of command ceremony held May 4, 2019, at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Bryan Preece assumed command of the unit from Col. Johnny Ryan, becoming the 10th commander in the organization’s history. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. De-Juan Haley)

Change of Command, WVANG, WVNG, 130AW

Col. Johnny Ryan, outgoing 130th Airlift Wing commander, Col. Bryan Preece, incoming 130th AW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Cecil, 130th AW command chief, salute the flag at the 130th AW change of command ceremony held May 4, 2019, at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Preece assumed command from Ryan becoming the 10th commander of the 130th AW. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. De-Juan Haley)

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West Virginia National Guard and 130th Airlift Wing Leadership, along with a representative of West Virginia Congressman Alex Mooney clap as the 130th Airlift Wing Change of Command begins May 4, 2019 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Johnny Ryan relinquished command to Col. Bryan Preece, making Preece the 10th commander in 130th Airlift Wing history. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Caleb Vance)

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Members of the West Virginia National Guard and 130th Airlift Wing salute the flag at the 130th Airlift Wing Change of Command begins May 4, 2019 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Johnny Ryan relinquished command to Col. Bryan Preece, making Preece the 10th commander in 130th Airlift Wing history. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Caleb Vance)

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Col. Johnny Ryan, outgoing 130th Airlift Wing commander, renders his final salute at the 130th AW change of command on May 4, 2019 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Ryan has served as the wing commander since 2015, and has accumulated more than 28 years of service between the 130th and active duty Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Caleb Vance)

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West Virginia National Guard and 130th Airlift Wing Leadership sing the Air Force Song at the 130th Airlift Wing Change of Command on May 4, 2019 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Col. Johnny Ryan relinquished command to Col. Bryan Preece, making Preece the 10th commander in 130th Airlift Wing history. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Caleb Vance)

McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, W.Va. --

Col. Bryan W. Preece, 130th Operations Group commander, assumed command of the 130th Airlift Wing from Col. Johnny M. Ryan during a formal change of command ceremony held May 4, 2019, at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, W.Va.

Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, West Virginia Adjutant General, presided over the event with state leadership in attendance.

Hoyer spoke to an audience of approximately 1,000 airmen about what it means to have a peaceful change of command.

“We have continued to do it since the formation of this nation,” said Hoyer. “That is a testament to you and to the things that you do every day,” Hoyer said. “Bryan, I have the absolute confidence that you are going to take this wing to the next level.”

Later, Hoyer lauded the commitment of Ryan, who has battled cancer during his time as the wing commander.

“Johnny, you are a hero of mine,” said Hoyer. “Even though you went through a lot of challenges over the last year and a half, you never stopped being wing commander.”

Ryan talked about his upbringing and how the Air Force and the Air National Guard helped him realize his dreams.

“I joined the Air Force in November of 1983 on a whim as a heavy equipment operator for Civil Engineering, to eventually becoming the wing commander,” said Ryan, “this has just been a phenomenal experience.”

Preece talked about the how it was both a great challenge and a great honor to assume command of the 130th AW in addition to the standard that is to continue under his leadership.

“We in the National Guard need to be an example about what is good in West Virginia. We have to be there when West Virginia calls on us in times of emergencies,” Preece said, “I think we can do these things by focusing on three things: readiness, respect for others, and being able to adapt to change.”

Preece enlisted the 130th AW in 1993 as an Air Transportation Specialist. In 1999, he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon completing his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State University. In addition to serving as operations group commander, Preece has served as the Chief of Current Operations, Instructor Pilot, Chief of Training, as well as deputy commander of the 130th Maintenance Group. Preece has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Freedom Sentinel, Coronet Oak (Puerto Rico, and Joint Enterprise (Germany). Preece is a Command Pilot with over 4,000 military flying hours. Preece is the 10th commander in the 130th Airlift Wing 64-year history.

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