Change of command ceremony held for 165th airlift wing of the Georgia Air National Guard

Change of command ceremony held for 165th airlift wing of the Georgia Air National Guard

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - An Effingham man has now taken command of the 165th airlift wing of the Georgia Air National Guard.

Colonel Rainer Speedy Gomez has been promoted from vice wing commander to the new commander of the 165th. Colonel Gomez is a graduate of the Citadel and has always been a dedicated member of the Georgia Air National Guard. He will now command 1,150 men and women and there is a deployment planned soon.

"Right now we are on the hook to deploy three aircraft and six crews over to Southwest Asia and that is what we are ramping up for and this will be happening later in the summer," said Col. Speedy Gomez.

Col. Rainer has served as the vice wing commander since 2012.

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