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Colo. National Guard to promote newest brigadier general 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs  
Col. Byrne 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, April 5, 2013

CONTACT:
Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson
720-250-1053


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (4/5/13) -- Col. Peter J Byrne, Director of Joint Staff and Designated Dual Status Commander, will be promoted to brigadier general at 3 p.m. April 6, at Joint Force Headquarters, Colorado National Guard, in Centennial, Colo.

As the Director of Joint Staff he has oversight responsibilities for the offices serving the Colorado Army and Air National Guard to include, Judge Advocate General, Public Affairs, Inspector General, Chaplain and Director of Staff-Air supervision of Military Personnel Officer and Assistants.  He also advises The Adjutant General and Assistant Adjutant Generals for Army and Air on all issues and policies relating to Defense Support to Civil Authorities.

"Brig. Gen. Peter Byrne has been instrumental to many successes in the Colorado National Guard," said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of Colorado. "I have full confidence in him to advance the force and to be a great steward of tax payer dollars and resources."   

Byrne was commissioned in 1984 through Reserve Officer Training Corp upon graduation from the University of Cincinnati.  While on active duty, he served as an A-7D and F-16C Fighter Pilot, then transitioning as an Air Liaison Officer with the United States Army.  He joined the Colorado Air National Guard in November 1991 as a traditional guardsman.  Colonel Byrne’s duties have included Squadron Scheduler, Wing “Top Gun” Officer, Assistant Flight Commander, Flight Commander, 120th Fighter Squadron Commander and 140th Wing Vice Commander. 

Colonel Byrne is a command pilot with over 2,500 military flying hours, including 1,800 hours in the F-16, and more than 145 combat hours flown enforcing the no fly zones over Northern Iraq and most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The men and women of the Colorado National Guard have served the nation in wartime and are the first military responders during state emergencies. CONG Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.

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For Assignment Editors: News media representatives interested in covering the promotion ceremony arrive no later than 2:30 p.m at the south gate of Joint Force Headquarters, 6848 South Revere Pkwy Centennial, CO 80112.

For questions, contact Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson at 720-250-1053.

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