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November Message from the Commander

Change of Command, WVANG, WVNG, 130AW

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)


As we enter our ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to take a moment to thank each of you for your efforts and continued commitment to the mission.  We have operated with uncertainty as we await a decision on J-model C-130s for our Wing.  We have had over 125 Airmen working to support our State in their fight to protect our citizens.  Our Operations and Maintenance Groups have successfully completed an AEF during this time.  We have Airmen currently deployed from MSG and AES.  Each of these deployments have had multiple changes to their timelines and the COVID-19 prevention protocols, often at the last minute, and we have still met or exceeded every expectation.  Your performance, resiliency in the face of uncertainty, and mission focus have been exemplary.


Our Logistics/Plans office has managed these deployments while simultaneously processing our Airmen that are on orders to assist our State.  The Medical Group has conducted COVID-testing for the WVNG, created health protection protocols for our Wing, and assisted our response throughout the State.  Our full time force has endured multiple changes to our work schedules as we react to the pandemic.  Drill weekend plans have been forced to change, and our Drill Status Guardsmen have adapted and excelled. 


With each challenge and change to the way we operate, the members of this Wing have responded in an incredible fashion. While these uncertain times are not over, I do believe that we have demonstrated that we can overcome them, and that we will continue to do so as long as they last.  Col Chard, Chief Williams, and I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your efforts during this time.  It is humbling to be part of such an outstanding Wing.



Wing Commander, 130th Airlift Wing

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