Release No. 18-20
Capt. Anthony Mutti
Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey
413-568-9151 ext. 698-1299
Aug 3, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wing Commander Change of Command Ceremony at the 104th Fighter Wing
BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTFIELD, Mass. - After three years of
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
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