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171st introduces new commander

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Stacy Gault
  • 171st Public Affairs Office
Maj. Gen. Stephen Sischo, commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, introduced the new leader of the 171st Air Refueling Wing today in a change of command ceremony on base.

Col. Anthony J. Carrelli was selected as the next commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing in January. Carrelli most recently served as the wing commander of the 111th Fighter Wing near Philadelphia. Brig. Gen. Roy Uptegraff served as the wing commander since 2006. In February, Uptegraff will become the Air National Guard assistant to commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. and will be promoted to major general.

Carrelli graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1985. He later received a Master's Degree in Aviation Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1995.

A command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours, Carrelli is a combat veteran who has flown in air campaigns including Iraq and Afghanistan.

"For 12 years in the Pennsylvania Guard, I've heard about how great the 171st was, I could tell from my first couple days here that it's absolutely true.  I look forward to doing a lot of great things with everyone here", said Carrelli.