FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Cheresa Theiral
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Col. Christopher J. Petty, former chief of staff of the Colorado Army National Guard, will be promoted to brigadier general at 1 p.m. June 8, at the Colorado National Guard’s state headquarters in Centennial, Colorado.
Brig. Gen. Petty’s next assignment, effective June 26, will be commander and senior military representative, NATO Headquarters, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In this capacity, he will advise the Bosnian authorities on military aspects of security sector reform and command NATO forces operating in Bosnia. This role includes working with the European Union forces to ensure a stable and secure country and compliance with the General Framework Agreement for Peace (Dayton Peace Agreement). He will advise Bosnian authorities on the implementation of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, as well as further reform required for the country’s successful NATO membership.
"Brig. Gen. Petty 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 as he moves on to command our allies in Sarajevo."
Petty was commissioned in 1987 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Petty was the Chief of Staff of the Colorado Army National Guard from October 2011 to March 2014. He was responsible for supporting the readiness of all the Colorado Army National Guard units and their 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers. He managed 830 full time employees and more than $100 million of annual spending authority.
His other career commands include the 89th Troop Command – Colorado’s largest brigade – of which he successfully deployed more than a dozen units to Iraq and Afghanistan; and the 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion from January 2005 to September 2007, during which he deployed 670 Soldiers and 46 helicopters representing six states, during the surge in Iraq. His unit distinguished itself in combat by setting air assault records, earning a Meritorious Unit Citation, and by being awarded the national-level Outstanding National Guard Aviation Unit of the Year Award presented by the U.S. Army chief of staff.
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 are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.
For assignment editors: Media representatives interested in covering this promotion ceremony should arrive at the southwest gate of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs complex at 6848 S. Revere Pkwy., Centennial, 80112, no later than 12:45 p.m., June 8. Media vehicles will be searched. Media representatives must have proof of insurance, vehicle registration, identification and valid press credentials.
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