FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 4, 2017
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Elena O’Bryan, firstname.lastname@example.org,
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Gov. John Hickenlooper will oversee the
transfer of the Colorado National Guard colors to U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen.
Michael A. Loh from retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards at a change
of command ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base, May 5, at 3 p.m.
Hickenlooper appointed Loh as the Executive Director of the
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs effective April 10. Loh is a member of the Governor’s
“Colorado is fortunate to have an officer like Major General
Loh whose distinguished service speaks to the kind of leader he will be as
Adjutant General,” Hickenlooper said during his announcement of Loh’s
appointment. “He will ensure that Coloradans and the nation are protected both
at home and abroad. Major General Loh brings the kind of experience that makes
all of Colorado proud.”
“I am honored to serve as The Adjutant General of Colorado,”
Loh said at the time of his appointment.
“I am committed to ensuring that our Colorado National Guard Soldiers
and Airmen are ready for our federal and state missions. I will continue to support our military families
and to serve and honor the 400,000 veterans who call Colorado home.”
Loh is a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force
Academy in Colorado Springs. He served
seven years on active duty as an F-16A/C instructor and strike pilot with U.S.
Air Forces in Europe and as an Instructor Pilot in the F-16C at Luke Air Force
Base, Ariz. He joined the Colorado Air
National Guard in 1991 and has held command, staff, and supervisory positions
including assistant adjutant general of Colorado for air/space, Air National
Guard council chairman, group commander, and squadron commander. He deployed multiple times to both the
Pacific and Central Command regions and commanded combat operations during
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Provide Comfort II. He also served as the National Guard assistant
to the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., and to the commander,
North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
Loh is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flight hours
including 2,900 hours and 128 combat flight hours in F-16A/B/C/D fighters.
The DMVA consists of the Colorado National Guard, Division
of Veterans Affairs, and Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, totaling more
than 6,700 Soldiers, Airmen, state employees, and volunteers. The DMVA works to support the National Guard
to mobilize for overseas contingency operations, coordinates National Guard
disaster response in Colorado and the region, supports the missions of the
Civil Air Patrol and provides services to our veterans to receive the federal
benefits that they deserve. Loh is also responsible for supporting State
Partnerships with Slovenia and Jordan and a strategic partnership with Israel’s
Home Front Command.
Edwards has served as adjutant general since 2007.
The change of command ceremony will take place at the Chief
Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility, BAFB.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored military
tradition that emphasizes the continuity of leadership and unit identity
despite changes in individual authority.
With the transfer of colors goes the transfer of responsibility.
The custom of acknowledging a change in command, in a formal
ceremony, is rooted in military history as early as Roman times. At that time, organizational flags, standards
and guidons had color arrangements and symbols particular to units. Historically, the flag or colors of a unit
served as the point around which the Soldiers of the organization rallied as
they moved forward into battle. The colors have traditionally been at the side
of the commander and were carried forward even when the commander fell in
A news media availability with the incoming adjutant general
will be held at 2:15 p.m., in the classroom at the Chief Warrant Officer 5
David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility, 19310 Camp Hale Way, Building
1510, Aurora, Colo., 80011.
News media wishing to cover either event must pass through
the Mississippi Gate at BAFB (the gate is near the corner of Mississippi Avenue
and Tower Road) no later than 1:45 p.m.
News media must be escorted while on base.
Base security requires that all news media have current
credentials, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. After passing through the gate, please line
up at the right-hand side of the road, just inside the gate, where public affairs
personnel will initiate escort.
B-roll and photos of both events will be available via the
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System following the change of command