Monday, August 7, 2017




New commander installed at Stewart Air Guard base

Donnell assumes command during ceremony on Sunday

STEWART AIR NG BASE – The New York Air National Guard 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart International Airport has a new commanding officer.

Colonel Denise Donnell assumed the leadership role from Col. Howard Wagner during a formal ceremony at the base where she served until now as vice commander.

She is the 105th’s first female commander.

Col. Donnell said she knows the men, and women, of the 105th know their mission and that she is aware of her own, that she needs to help facilitate the wing to answer their call of duty and make sure they have the technology, training, schooling, money and opportunities to benefit themselves as both professional airmen and individuals. However, she noted her main focus will be to listen, so the ideas on how to make the wing more efficient, and better, will be utilized to their collective advantage.

“You know our people,” Donnell said. “You know our mission. There is no doubt in my mind that you have hundreds of great ideas at how we can do things a little better and probably, a lot smarter. The job of every leader in this wing is to listen and to help turn these ideas into reality, and make no mistake; every single member of this wing is a leader. That’s how we’re going to tackle our upcoming challenges.”

Donnell, who joined the 105th in 2002 and has a myriad of flying experience, including piloting the C-5, C-17 and C-130 among others, will now command the 1,300 men and women of the Airlift Wing.

Wagner described Donnell as “smart, articulate, principled and passionate about our people and our mission.” He told the guardsmen and women they are in “good hands” with the new commander.


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