While Dean remains attached to the Oregon Air National Guard, his new assignment as commander of 1st Air Force, AFNORTH leverages command positions he has held within the Oregon National Guard and his ties in the state, Rees said.
“This is a wonderful day for
About 500 well-wishers, friends, coworkers and family members filled Hangar #2 at the base. Some of those in the audience included; Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Director of the National Guard; Maj. Gen. Ernesto Rivera, Chief of Staff for the Mexican Air Force, and Brig. Gen. Andre Viens, Deputy Commander, Continental U.S. NORAD.
Gen. Victor E. Reunart, Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command, praised outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. Morrow, for his steadfast leadership and innovative approach to several challenges such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and numerous domestic contingency missions.
“You should be proud of the way you’ve integrated your mission every day,” he said to Morrow. “You are ‘Mr. Total-Force’.”
Renuart then welcomed Dean back to Tyndall AFB.
“We are extremely pleased to have him here with us,” Renuart said of Dean.
Reunuart said Dean is a strong and successful leader, and a great follow-on to Morrow. “(Dean) truly understands the business of sovereign safety,” Renuart said.
During Morrow’s speech, the outgoing commander highlighted the many accomplishments under his command. He thanked the airmen before him for meeting the many challenges over the course of his tenure.
“We have kept our nation’s skies and shores safe from attack,” he said. “Command is always a privilege and an honor,” Morrow added.
Dean then thanked Morrow for his hard work and dedicated leadership. He also expressed his gratitude to the many airmen in attendance. He joked that he had nothing to do with tropical storm Ida, which hit the region only two days prior.
He also thanked Rees for his mentorship and guidance.
“Command is a team sport,” Dean said, as he smiled at Rees.
Dean said his new assignment is a homecoming of sorts. In 2006, he served as the Air National Guard Advisor to the commander of AFNORTH/NORTHCOM.
“I started off as a member of the 1st Air Force team, and now I have the privilege to lead that team,” Dean said.
“I will do my utmost to lead this command to new levels of success,” he added.
Dean recently completed an assignment as the Deputy Inspector General of the Air Force, in
Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean, commander of 1st Air Force, meets with members of the Oregon National Guard contingent. From left to right: Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard; Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Director of the National Guard; Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean; Mr. Harvey Fink, local Oregon business and civic leader; Mr. Larry Diebert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager