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    Pennsylvania Air National Guard officer promoted to colonel

    Pennsylvania Air National Guard officer promoted to colonel

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Benjamin McMahon | Air National Guard members from left to right, Col. Howard Wagner (Retired) former...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Benjamin McMahon 

    111th Attack Wing

    BIDDLE AIR GUARD STATION, Pa. – The commander of the 111th Mission Support Group, a subordinate unit of the 111th Attack Wing here, Col. Brian A. Silver, was promoted to his current rank during a ceremony held on Mar 12, 2024.

    A friend and former commander, retired Air National Guard Col. Howard Wagner, presided over the ceremony.

    “When Lt. Col. Silver asked me if I would officiate the ceremony I was certainly honored because, first and foremost, I think Brian is well deserving,” said Wagner. “Second, I actually officiated his promotion to Lt. Col. 10 years ago, so it seemed fitting, kind of like coming full circle.”

    Wagner proceeded to speak about Silver’s career, pointing out his many successes while working at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York and in Washington D.C. before coming to the 111th ATKW. Wagner attributed Silver’s success to the essence of who he is, which he drilled down to three main points: passion, competence and care.

    “In the military, we talk about the fire and forget weapons,” said Wagner. “I think that’s Col. Silver. Give him the mission, put him in command, and then let him go. He will take complete ownership and do everything in his power to take care of his people and get that mission done.”

    When Silver took the podium he thanked the many people in attendance, attributing his success to them and the many friends he has met along the way. He noted the best advice he ever received was from his father, who was a Soldier in the 1950s.

    “Son, I’ve worked for many lieutenants,” said Silver, when recounting his father's words. “I don’t remember the good ones' names, but I certainly remember the bad ones names… it’s better to be forgotten while taking care of your troops than being remembered for being so bad you are absolutely unforgettable!.”

    In closing Silver, focused on the mission ahead.

    “We undoubtedly live in turbulent times which force us to remain ever-vigilant,” said Silver. “But standing among you for some time now, I am supremely confident we can get through anything when we stand together. I’m privileged to have such wonderful wingmen to serve with.”



    Date Taken: 03.12.2024
    Date Posted: 03.14.2024 15:55
    Story ID: 466019

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