We have another changing of the guard. I'm sure most of you heard earlier this year that Maj. Gen. Stephen Sischo announced his plans to retire in December as the Deputy Adjutant General - Air and Commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Recently, Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania and Commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard, announced that he had selected Col. Anthony Carrelli, Commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing at Pittsburgh International Airport, as Maj. Gen. Sischo's successor.
Maj. Gen. Sischo served as the Deputy Adjutant General - Air and Commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard since November 2006. He previously served as Commander of both the 111th Fighter Wing at then Joint Reserve Base, Willow Grove (now Horsham Air Guard Station) and the 193d Special Operations Wing at Harrisburg International Airport. I've enjoyed getting to know and working with Maj. Gen. Sischo over this past year and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for his nearly 33 years of service to the United States Air Force, the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I wish him and Mrs. Sischo Godspeed in their future endeavors.
While Col. Carrelli most recently has been the Commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing, previously he was also Commander of the 111th Fighter Wing. He's a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and has a Master's Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Col. Carrelli is a Command Pilot with more than 4,500 flight hours in KC-135, A/OA-10, T-37 and AT/T-38 aircraft. He also has a background in aircraft maintenance.
I met Col. Carrelli several years ago when he was at the 111th but got to know him better after he became Commander of the 171st. I look forward to getting to know him even better and working with him as he takes the Pennsylvania Air National Guard forward, and continues to build on the foundation that Maj. Gen. Sischo and those before him have laid.
I'd like to thank Maj. Gen. Sischo again for his dedication, leadership and service to the Airmen of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. And congratulations to Col. Carrelli as he takes the stick and guides us into the future.