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The Guard Changes

  • Published
  • By Chief Master Sgt. Vic Guerra
  • Pennsylvania Command Chief Master Sgt.
On Sunday, 15 July 2012, 67 of my fellow Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen and I participated in the Pennsylvania National Guard Change of Responsibility Ceremony held at Fort Indiantown Gap. The ceremony was between Command Sergeant Major Nicholas (Chip) Gilliland and Command Sergeant Major Michael Gundrum, our new Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Adjutant General.
Command Sergeant Major Gilliland has been Pennsylvania's Senior Enlisted Advisor since
1 January 2010. I've gotten to know him well since then, and on behalf of all of you, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for his comradeship, friendship and leadership. I consider him a good friend, and he's been a good and supportive friend to all Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, both Air and Army. I'd also like to wish him Godspeed, as he's currently preparing to deploy overseas.
Command Sergeant Major Gundrum was selected by Major General Wesley Craig to be his Senior Enlisted Advisor on 7 May 2012. He has a maintenance background and prior to being selected to this position was employed since 1981 at the Army Aviation Support Facility. Command Sergeant Major Gundrum's last two deployments were in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); the first from June 2004 to October 2005, and he returned from his most recent deployment in December 2009.
I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 67 Airmen who participated in the ceremony with me. We had men and women from Headquarters, the 193d Special Operations Wing, the 171st Air Refueling Wing, the 111th Fighter Wing and the ANG Band of the Mid-Atlantic (553rd Air Force Band). They stood in formation, were members of the joint color guard, played in the joint band or escorted family members/VIPs (all in the hot muggy weather we had that day at the Gap). Thank you to all!
In closing, I'd like to thank Command Sergeant Major Gilliland for what he's done in supporting the Pennsylvania Air National Guard during his tenure, and again wish him Godspeed on his upcoming deployment overseas. Through this "Changing of the Guard," I look forward to the opportunity to work with Command Sergeant Major Gundrum as he takes over as the Pennsylvania National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor and we both further serve such a great organization.