New General in town
By Maj. Matthew T. Mutti, 104th Fighter Wing Executive Officer, 104th Fighter Wing
/ Published February 10, 2013
104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, Mass. -- Surrounded by his family and friends, Col. Robert T. Brooks, former commander of the 104th Fighter Wing recited his oath of office before accepting his new role as the newest General Officer in the Mass. National Guard, serving as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air on January 25.
In his remarks, he thanked his dad, Robert Sr.; his sister, Rebecca; his wife, Aprile and his children: Nathan, Patrick and Laura, as being instrumental to his ability to be selected for this high post.
With out support and sacrifice, nothing is possible, said Gen Brooks. He continued by recognizing the commanders, chiefs and other 104th and 102nd Intelligence Wing leader who were in attendance.
Brig. Gen. Gary Keefe, the Mass. Air National Guard Commander presided over the event; who during his remarks called Gen. Brooks "the right man for the job, at the right time", referencing his selection as Wing Commander as the 104th Fighter Wing was beginning its transition to the F-15.
"(Gen. Brooks) was critical to the (104th Fighter) wing's success, ensuring it was ready to succeed during the units inspections and deployments," said Gen. Keefe.
Gen. Brooks was also awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony, recognizing his service during his recent deployment to the Middle East, where he served in various locations with U.S. and allied nations in the summer of 2012.