Nov. 18, 2010

192d Fighter Wing conducts change of command

By Capt. Craig T. Carper and Staff Sgt. Meaghan E. M. Selki
192d Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Surrounded by family, friends and the 192d Fighter Wing family, Col. Mark “Scruff” McCauley passed the guidon Nov. 14 to Col. Bryan “Shadow” Turner, former 192d Operations Group commander, signifying the change of command of the 192d Fighter Wing. The ceremony was held at Langley Air Force Base and presided over by the Adjutant General of Virginia, Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.


Col. Brian K. Turner (r), incoming 192d Fighter Wing commander, accepts the colors from  Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, during a change of command ceremony, as Command Chief Brenda K. Kirby looks on Nov. 14 at Langley Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeff Nevison)

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However, McCauley isn’t going too far as he has assumed the position of Director of Staff, Air at Joint Force Headquarters in Richmond.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the commander of the 192d Fighter Wing,” McCauley said.  "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve at the Virginia Air National Guard at the Joint Force Headquarters.”

“To be a wing commander, you can’t do it on your own. Thank you so much. I will miss you all. Thank you for being a part of my life… And I appreciate the time you have let me be a part of yours,” said McCauley.  “You have a great leader coming in, in ‘Shadow.’”

The change of command marked the culmination of his flying career, including distinguished experience as a navigator in the F-4, a pilot in the F-16 and F-22, and more than 3,000 flying hours. 

“It wouldn’t have been complete without my wife and children being present and supporting me over the years” said McCauley.

Turner, the incoming commander, has been with the wing for eight years, and his previous leadership roles include Chief of Safety, Chief of Scheduling, F-16 Instructor Pilot, and F-22A Flight Lead.  As the Operations Group commander, he commanded the 192d Intelligence Squadron as well as the 149th Fighter Squadron, the first Air National Guard squadron to fly the F-22A. He shared the responsibility of ensuring both Air National Guard and Regular Air Force F-22A pilots were able to mobilize and deploy anywhere in the world in order to gain and maintain air superiority. Additionally, he lead the 192d Intelligence Squadron in providing continuous Predator, Reaper, Global Hawk and U-2 intelligence support to combatant commanders worldwide.

As the new 192d Fighter Wing commander, Turner said he is looking forward to further developing the partnership with the 1FW and 633ABW as they prepare for the Operational Readiness Inspection. 

“The structure and functionality of TFI are being looked at by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Director of the Air National Guard to further adapt and increase efficiencies as we grow together and develop the long term viable combat force at Langley,” said Turner.

During the change of command, Turner spoke to the importance of character and the virtues he is looking for all wing members to emulate.  He recognized each of his children and associated these characteristics and virtues for them to live by.

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