FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 11, 2017
U.S. Air Force Maj. Kinder Blacke, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-847-9558/
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Two new senior leaders took
command of the Colorado Air National Guard during change of command ceremonies May
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
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.