104th Fighter Wing Performs Change of Command, Confers CCAF Degrees
By Staff Sgt. Matt Benedetti, 104th Fighter Wing
/ Published January 10, 2015
BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The 104th Fighter Wing performed a Change of Command Ceremony and a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Graduation today with family members and friends, peers and supervisors in attendance to recognize their achievements.
Both the 131st Fighter Squadron and 104th Operations Support Flight conducted Change of Command ceremonies symbolizing the change in leadership in their respective units.
The change of command ceremony is deeply rooted in military tradition and is a visual means of transferring responsibility from one officer to another.
Lt. Col. David Halasi-Kun assumed command of the 131st Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. Jeffrey Blake and Lt. Col. Kenneth Fedora relinquished command of the 104th Operations Support Flight to Lt. Col. Sean Halbrook.
The CCAF is a federally- chartered degree granting institution that offers enlisted members of the United States Air Force an opportunity to earn an associate of applied science degree or a professional certification in one of several fields of study. Partnered with over 108 affiliated Air Force Schools, 82 Education Service Offices and over 1,500 civilian academic institutions, the CCAF serves approximately 300,000 enlisted personnel worldwide.
The following 25 unit members were awarded diplomas from the CCAF:
Master Sgt. Darci Fur, Hospitality and Fitness Management
Master Sgt. Thomas McDonald, Aircrew Safety Systems technology
Master Sgt. Dominique Chapman, Information Management
Master Sgt. William Craig, Criminal Justice
Master Sgt. Orlando Fuentes, Avionic Systems
Master Sgt. Dana Thayer, Criminal justice
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Odell, Aviation Maintenance technology
Master Sgt. Patrick Martunas, Intelligence Studies and Technology
Tech Sgt. Marilyn Morales, Avionic Systems Technology
Tech Sgt. Kevin O'Brien, Mechanical and Electrical Technology
Tech Sgt. Daniel Decormier, Aviation Maintenance Technology
Tech Sgt. Adam Barabani, Logistics
Tech Sgt. Diane Berthiaume, Avionic Systems Technology
Tech. Sgt. Karyn Brown, Criminal Justice
Tech Sgt. Nicole Locke, Emergency Management
Staff Sgt. Samuel Kelmelis, Avionic Systems Technology
Staff Sgt. Michale Konarski, Avionic Systems Technology
Staff Sgt. Thomas Ambrose, Aviation Maintenance Technology
Staff Sgt. Kristie Timberlake, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Staff Sgt. Lauren Wundt, Aviation Maintenance Technology
Staff Sgt. Bonnie Miller, Information Systems technology
Staff Sgt. Shaun Reagan, Munitions Systems Technology
Staff Sgt. Jason Schrecke, Electronic Systems Technology
Staff Sgt. Kyle Kent, Intelligence Studies and Technology
Staff Sgt. Glenda Anderson, Information Management
The 104th Fighter Wing is equipped with the F-15 Eagle. One mission of the 104th is Aerospace Control Alert (ACA), providing armed fighters ready to scramble in a moment's notice to protect the Northeast from any airborne threat. The unit is responsible for protecting a quarter of the nation's population and one third of the Gross Domestic Product.