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Leadership Changes for the Oregon Air National Guard

Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel (right) receives the colors of the Oregon Air National Guard flag from Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Oregon Adjutant General, during the Change of Command ceremony of the Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel (right) receives the colors of the Oregon Air National Guard flag from Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Oregon Adjutant General, during the Change of Command ceremony of the Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the official party stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem, during the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (right to left) Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg, Commander, Oregon Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Oregon Air National Guard, Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russel, State Command Chief Master Sgt., Oregon Air National Guard, and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick “Andy” Gauntz, 116th Air Control Squadron Maintenance Superintendent. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the official party stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem, during the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (right to left) Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg, Commander, Oregon Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Oregon Air National Guard, Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russel, State Command Chief Master Sgt., Oregon Air National Guard, and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick “Andy” Gauntz, 116th Air Control Squadron Maintenance Superintendent. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg addresses those in attendance at the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. Brig. Gen. Gregg remarks reflected on the accomplishments of the Oregon Air National Guard during the previous three years under his command and focused on the future of the Oregon Air National Guard. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg addresses those in attendance at the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. Brig. Gen. Gregg remarks reflected on the accomplishments of the Oregon Air National Guard during the previous three years under his command and focused on the future of the Oregon Air National Guard. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg presents flowers to his wife Linda Gregg, during the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg presents flowers to his wife Linda Gregg, during the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, address those attendance after taking command of the Oregon Air National Guard during a ceremony held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, address those attendance after taking command of the Oregon Air National Guard during a ceremony held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel presents flowers to his wife Sue Stencel, during the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel presents flowers to his wife Sue Stencel, during the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard State Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell hands the colors of the Oregon Air National Guard flag to Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, during the State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard State Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell hands the colors of the Oregon Air National Guard flag to Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, during the State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell (left) watches Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel pass the colors of the Oregon Air National Guard Flag to Chief Master Sgt. Patrick “Andy” Gauntz, during the State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell (left) watches Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel pass the colors of the Oregon Air National Guard Flag to Chief Master Sgt. Patrick “Andy” Gauntz, during the State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel embraces his mother Mary Stencel after the Oregon Air National Guard Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel embraces his mother Mary Stencel after the Oregon Air National Guard Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the official party clap along to the Air Force Song during the closing of the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (left to right) Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Commander, Oregon Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg, outgoing Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, State Command Chief Master Sgt. Patrick “Andy” Gauntz, Oregon Air National Guard State Command Chief, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell, outgoing State Command Chief. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Members of the official party clap along to the Air Force Song during the closing of the Change of Command and State Command Chief Change of Authority ceremony, Oregon Air National Guard, held at the Anderson Readiness Center, Salem, Ore., Sept. 8, 2013. (left to right) Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Commander, Oregon Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg, outgoing Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, State Command Chief Master Sgt. Patrick “Andy” Gauntz, Oregon Air National Guard State Command Chief, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell, outgoing State Command Chief. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. -- Members of the Oregon Air National Guard assembled at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., on Sept. 8, 2013, to observe the change of command ceremony for the Oregon Air National Guard, as Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg presented the colors to Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel.

Prior to his promotion to head the Oregon Air National Guard, Stencel had been the Assistant Adjutant General (Air) and had served as the Commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore.

As the commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Stencel will oversee the organization and ongoing training of more than 2,200 Air Guardsmen based throughout the state of Oregon.

Brig. Gen. Gregg, who joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1984, first took command of the Oregon Air National on Jan. 8, 2011. He also served as the Director of Operations at Joint-Force Headquarters in Salem, Ore., and as the Commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing. A formal retirement ceremony is scheduled for Brig. Gen. Gregg in October.

After the change of commanders, the Oregon Air National Guard State Command Chief Change of Authority took place as Chief Master Sgt. Patrick "Andy" Gauntz assumed command from Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell. Russell had served as the State's top Air Guard enlisted Noncommissioned Officer since Jan. 11, 2011.

Chief Gauntz previously served with the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Camp Rilea, Warrenton, Ore., before being selected to lead as the new Oregon State Command Chief.