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145th Airlift Wing Welcomes New Commander and Makes History

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), addresses members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. During the address, Terrell discussed her eagerness to start working with Airmen of the NCANG and to continue the units transition to the C-17 Globemaster III.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), addresses members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. During the address, Terrell discussed her eagerness to start working with Airmen of the NCANG and to continue the units transition to the C-17 Globemaster III.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), addresses members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. During the address, Terrell discussed her eagerness to start working with Airmen of the NCANG and to continue the units transition to the C-17 Globemaster III.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), addresses members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. During the address, Terrell discussed her eagerness to start working with Airmen of the NCANG and to continue the units transition to the C-17 Globemaster III.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), addresses members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and is a third generation Airmen. Terrell’s grandfather served in the Army Air Corps, and her father was a rescue pilot in Vietnam.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), addresses members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and is a third generation Airmen. Terrell’s grandfather served in the Army Air Corps, and her father was a rescue pilot in Vietnam.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), receives a first salute from members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and is a third generation Airmen. Terrell’s grandfather served in the Army Air Corps, and her father was a rescue pilot in Vietnam.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), receives a first salute from members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and is a third generation Airmen. Terrell’s grandfather served in the Army Air Corps, and her father was a rescue pilot in Vietnam.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), and Col. Michael Gerock (right), give a round of applause to Col. Bryony Terrell, Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and is a third generation Airmen. Terrell’s grandfather served in the Army Air Corps, and her father was a rescue pilot in Vietnam.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), and Col. Michael Gerock (right), give a round of applause to Col. Bryony Terrell, Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and is a third generation Airmen. Terrell’s grandfather served in the Army Air Corps, and her father was a rescue pilot in Vietnam.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, assumes command of the 145th Airlift Wing by accepting the guid-on from Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and will continue the units transition to the C-17 Globemaster III.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, assumes command of the 145th Airlift Wing by accepting the guid-on from Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell is the first female commander for the 145th AW and will continue the units transition to the C-17 Globemaster III.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Gerock (right) relinquishes command of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW) and passes the guide-on to Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock spearheaded the 145th AW transition from the C-130 Hercules aircraft to the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during his tenure.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Gerock (right) relinquishes command of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW) and passes the guide-on to Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock spearheaded the 145th AW transition from the C-130 Hercules aircraft to the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during his tenure.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), Col. Michael Gerock (center), commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), and Col. Bryony Terrell (right), stand at attention prior to the passing of the guide-on which signifies the official change of command held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who will be the the first female commander for the 145th AW.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), Col. Michael Gerock (center), commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), and Col. Bryony Terrell (right), stand at attention prior to the passing of the guide-on which signifies the official change of command held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who will be the the first female commander for the 145th AW.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Gerock, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), receives a final salute from members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock will will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who is the the first female commander for the 145th AW.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Gerock, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), receives a final salute from members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock will will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who is the the first female commander for the 145th AW.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Gerock, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), gives a final address to members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock will will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who is the the first female commander for the 145th AW.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Gerock, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW), gives a final address to members of the unit during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Gerock will will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who is the the first female commander for the 145th AW.

Riccardo Terrell looks on as his spouse, U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, assumes command of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW) during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell will become the first female commander for the 145th AW following her graduation from the year-long National War College located at the National Defense University in Ft. McNair, Va.
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Riccardo Terrell looks on as his spouse, U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, assumes command of the 145th Airlift Wing (AW) during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Terrell will become the first female commander for the 145th AW following her graduation from the year-long National War College located at the National Defense University in Ft. McNair, Va.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), addresses members of the 145th Airlift Wing during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Col. Micheal Gerock will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who will be the the first female commander for the 145th Airlift Wing.
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Kennett, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina National Guard (NCANG), addresses members of the 145th Airlift Wing during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the NCANG Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2018. Col. Micheal Gerock will relinquish command to Col. Bryony Terrell who will be the the first female commander for the 145th Airlift Wing.

06/09/2018 – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – -- The North Carolina Air National Guard makes history during a Change of Command Ceremony by welcoming the first female commander of the 145th Airlift Wing, Col. Bryony Terrell. Regardless of gender, Terrell is the perfect fit to command a unit of nearly 1,300 Airmen as they complete a transition to the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

Terrell, a third generation Airman, is a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft pilot, and has been in the service for 20 years. Terrell’s grandfather was in the Army Air Corps, and her father served as a rescue pilot in Vietnam.

“I’m excited to be here in North Carolina, this is a great opportunity. I hope I am an example to other women who have career desires and goals. My focus is on the conversion and the strategic mission with the C-17,” said Terrell.

The outgoing commander, Col. Michael Gerock, highlighted why Terrell is right for the position and said, “I’ve known her for several years, and she has the skill set and aptitude to continue making this wing a great place. Especially now, during the conversion phase, she has a lot of the knowledge and expertise to make this work and support Charlotte as we move forward.”

Although, being the first female commander of the 145th Airlift Wing is a historical event, the more prominent focus is that Terrell brings valued experience with airframe transitions from her last command with the 167th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, Martinsburg, W.Va.

“To me it doesn’t matter whether she’s a man or a woman. Yes it’s a great side note that she’s the first female 145th Airlift Wing commander, but I think we need the right person, in the right place, at the right time, and she fits all those bills. She’s going to be great, based upon her knowledge and skill sets, not her gender,” said Gerock.

Lt. Col. Michael Komorous, 145th Operations Support Squadron commander, worked with Terrell in the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Joint Base Andrews, Md., and said, “I worked with her on a weekly basis, and she’s very diligent, a hard worker, and to the point. We’re excited to bring in her experience.”

The unit is slated to receive a total of eight C-17 Globemaster III airframes and welcomed the most recent aircraft on June 8, 2018.

Terrell expressed her eagerness to start command of the unit and said, “I’m excited and ready to get to work, and I’m happy to make Charlotte my home. We drove in last night and I’m ready to hit the ground running. Tomorrow starts a new work week and I look forward to what’s in store for me.”