The 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, bid farewell to it’s current commanders during a change of command ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, MD., Feb. 11.
During the ceremony, presided over by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, Maryland National Guard adjutant general, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus passed command of the 175th Wing to U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Johnson, former 175th Wing vice commander, while praising the men and women of the Maryland Air Guard.
“Thank you to the men and women of the 175th,” said Staudenraus, who is assuming the role of Defense Attaché in Kuwait. “You guys have done everything you could for me and I surely appreciate that”.
Johnson is very familiar with the 175th having served as the 175th Operations Group commander before assuming command of the 175th. After assuming command of the wing he expressed his thoughts on the success of the wing.
“I can’t challenge you all to do a great job because you’re already doing it,” said Johnson. “Thank you for this opportunity, keep doing a great job. You make us look good, you prop us up and continue on”.