Wing Commander Change of Command Ceremony at the 104th Fighter Wing

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Media Advisory

Release No. 18-20


Capt. Anthony Mutti

Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey

413-568-9151 ext. 698-1299



 Aug 3, 2018




Wing Commander Change of Command Ceremony at the 104th Fighter Wing




serving the 104th Fighter Wing as the Vice Commander, Col. Peter T. Green

III is appointed the commander of the 104th FW, succeeding Col. James Suhr.

Air National Guard Director, Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice and The Adjutant

General, Massachusetts National Guard, Maj. Gen. Gary W. Keefe and Brigadier

General James M. LeFavor, Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard

will preside over the Change of Command, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at 3:30 p.m.

at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts.


"He is the right leader to take the wing into what will be a bright and

exciting future, and insure we continue to develop the next generation of

leaders responsible for a sound strategic vision and plan," said Keefe.


Colonel Green was hand-picked for this assignment based on previous unit

commands and senior leadership assignments both at the Wing and at

Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. Green has served in

the Massachusetts Air National Guard for over 36 years.


"I am very humbled at the opportunity to lead this Wing," said Green. "Over

the years, I have served in every status and numerous positions.  One thing

remained constant, I have always been proud to be a Barnestormer and serve

with the men and women of this unit.  The thing about the 104th is we are

always looking to do our missions better and to deliver on making us the

most respected fighter unit in the Combat Air Forces."


Green's service includes combat and combat support deployments supporting

Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Colonel

Green's civilian career includes serving as Director of Human Resources and

Training and Assistant Vice President of Brand Strategy and Integration with

CIGNA while serving his country as a Traditional Guardsman with the Air

National Guard.


Green earned his undergraduate degree in Communications at University of

Massachusetts-Amherst, Massachusetts and has a Master's Degree in Science in

Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College. 


Colonel James M. Suhr, the outgoing Commander, has received his next

assignment to the Pentagon to work in the Secretary of the Air Force's

Legislative Liaison office.  He will be in a position both to educate and

advocate for the Air National Guard with his active duty peers and senior

Air Force leadership. "I want to thank him for all he has done and will

continue to do for the 104th Fighter Wing, the Massachusetts Air National

Guard, and the F-15 Community," said Keefe.




The 104th Fighter Wing provides highly trained personnel ready to provide

Air Superiority on demand anywhere in the world with 21 assigned F-15C Eagle

Aircraft. The 104th also sits 24/7 Aerospace Control Alert, providing armed

F-15 fighters ready to scramble in a moment's notice to protect the

northeast United States from any airborne threat protecting one-quarter of

the nation's population and over one-third of the Gross Domestic Product.

The Wing is always on call to provide emergency response to include

security, logistics, communications, explosive ordnance disposal,

firefighting, and medical support to the nation and Commonwealth of



Media are invited to attend this event and must register with the 104th

Fighter Wing Public Affairs office before 11:00 a.m., Sunday, Aug 5, 2018.

All media will arrive at Barnes Air National Guard Base no later than 3:00



For more on the 104th Fighter Wing and its leadership, contact Capt. Anthony

Mutti or Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey at Wk. 413-568-9151 ext. 698-1299

Cell: (619) 665-4252