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110th Attack Wing Change of Command Ceremony

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  • By Staff Sgt. Andrew Layton
  • 110th Attack Wing
Saturday of 2015's December UTA marked a new era in the 110th Attack Wing's history when Col. Bryan Teff assumed the position of Wing Commander from Col. Ronald Wilson. Brig. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, who presided over the change of command ceremony, said that Col.Wilson's three-year tenure in the position came during one of the most tumultuous operational and budgetary climates the Air National Guard has experienced. "You could call it the era of change," said Isabelle, citing the 110th's evolution from an operational C-21 mission, to a projected C-27J airlift mission, to an effective MQ-9 RPA combat function under Wilson's oversight. "Col. Wilson has been one of the Air National Guard's best leaders during this time," said Isabelle, pointing out that Col. Teff's 26-year resume in the Air Force made him the perfect candidate to lead the 110th Attack Wing into a promising new era. Teff was hand-selected for the position by the Michigan National Guard's Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais. "Col. Teff is the only Wing Commander to have been in a position of higher leadership at all three Michigan Air National Guard installations; Selfridge, Alpena and Battle Creek," said Isabelle.  In his own remarks, Col. Teff echoed Isabelle's projection of a bright future for the 110th Attack Wing, highlighting the fact that the unit's current missions are unanimously recognized as fields of critical growth across the entire Air Force. "Right now the outlook for our Wing is as good as it's ever been," said Teff, "And it's an awesome opportunity to work on behalf of the fantastic people here as the Wing enters a new phase, which will be defined as the era of opportunity." The event was well attended by military, local civilian, and retired dignitaries including Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, Maj. Gen. Thomas Cutler (Ret.), Brig. Gen. Ronald Seely (Ret.), State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, Director of Disposition Services, Mr. Michael Cannon, State Rep. Dr. John Bizon, representatives from both Senator Stabenow's and Congressman Upton's offices, and Director of Corporate Projects, Battle Creek unlimited, Ms. Jan Frantz, as well as over 700 currently-serving members of the 110th Attack Wing.