GREAT FALLS - Airmen, designated visitors, friends, and family members came out Saturday for a change of command ceremony at the Montana Air National Guard.
Brigadier General Bryan Fox is hanging up his hat for retirement after 42 years of service. "To the airmen of the Montana Air National Guard, I asked for all of your support when I took command to safety succeed in the mission,” Fox said.
He enlisted into the 120th Fighter Interceptor Group in 1976 and served as a crew chief on a T-33 Shooting Star, F-106 Delta Dart, and F-16 Fighting Falcon. He served as assistant adjutant general since May of 2014.
Fox said he will miss the people and the pride that comes from being a part of a mission.
“You have exceeded all of my expectations at home station and while serving on state active duty in Montana and across the globe in our federal mission," Fox said. "I realize that that kind of personal dedication comes with sacrifice and for that I am deeply thankful."
During the ceremony, Fox transferred command of the Montana Air National Guard to Brigadier General J. Peter Hronek.
"You are who I serve for, not the other way around. I need to ensure you are the best-trained airmen in the world,” Hronek said.
Hronek was commissioned in 1985 at the ANG Academy of Military Science in 1985 and began his service as a fighter pilot with the 120th Fighter Interceptor Group.
He most recently served as the commander of the 120th Airlift Wing and he was also Vice Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of MANG.
“Our true strength and value to our services as a national guard is our experience and readiness of our drill static forces,” Hronek said.
As the 120th Airlift Wing Commander, Hronek led the wing through two major aircraft conversions from the F-16C Fighting Falcon to the F-15C Eagle and from the F-15C to the C-130H Hercules aircraft.
“You are our future, you are my hope of a better future, and as an inspiration to others to put service before self,” Hronek said.
Hronek will be working at the National Guard bureau in Washington D.C. for the next few months,