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The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh presents the Air Staff guideon to U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Floyd Dunstan, as he assumes command of the Colorado Air National Guard as the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, May 6, 2017, at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo. The change of command ceremony is a deeply rooted military tradition that represents the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Y. Alvarez-Rea)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Two new senior leaders took command of the Colorado Air National Guard during change of command ceremonies May 6.

U.S. Air Force Col. Floyd Dunstan has commanded the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, since April 2013.

He relinquished command to former 140th Operations Group Commander U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Turner.

“It has been a true privilege and honor to serve the Airmen of the 140th Wing,” Dunstan said, before passing the ceremonial guidon to Turner. “This is the best job I’ve ever had.”

Dunstan’s accomplishments included unit deployments to Jordan, Korea and Hungary.  He also achieved several significant upgrades to the unit’s capabilities.  He provided support to emergency response operations during the devastating forest fires and floods in Colorado in 2012 and 2013. He ensured that members of the 140th Wing were well-equipped and ready to respond when disaster struck.

“You get a lot of credit when things go well,” Dunstan said, “but I owe it all to the Airmen down in the trenches. They’re responsible for the success of this outfit—not me.”

Dunstan said he has no hesitation passing command of the wing to Turner.

“There is not a finer, more qualified officer to run this organization,” Dunstan said.

“I am proud to be a part of a leadership team that cares so much about their people and is focused on accomplishing the mission,” Turner said.

Among his top priorities, Turner said he wants members of the wing to have more time to focus on their specific job skills and less time spent on administrative tasks.

“I want you each to be subject matter experts in your respective fields and look forward to coming to drill weekends to focus on your wartime mission,” he said to Airmen at the ceremony.

A promotion ceremony followed during which Dunstan was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and then received command of the Colorado Air National Guard from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jerome Limoge, Jr., upon his retirement.

Dunstan said he wants to take care of Airmen and their families and ensure them the opportunities and resources to reach their goals and accomplish the mission.

“I also want to keep the COANG relevant into the future and remain fully engaged in our federal and state missions,” Dunstan said.


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