After serving three years as the vice commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, Colonel Peter Green III was appointed as the next wing commander.
Colonel Peter Green has served in the Massachusetts National Guard for more than 36 years.
Green told 22News, he’s proud to be a “Barnestormer” and a part of the 104th family.
“It’s something that’s really unique about the Air National Guard, and certainly the 104th Fighter Wing, is that we grow up and we live in the community, we live next to each other, we know each other’s spouses, we know each other’s kids, we’re in the communities, so I’m very privileged to have them as part of my professional family,” Green said.
Green is succeeding Colonel James Suhr, Lieutenant General Scott Rice and the Adjutant General, Major General Gary Keefe.
Keefe, who said he’s known Green for about 30 years, told 22News, Green is the right kind of leader to take over the wing.
“As I mentioned, he’s going to build a bench here that is to make sure that we’re developing the leaders of tomorrow that make sure this base is always going to be here,” Maj. Gen. Keefe added.
Green is the first non-rated officer to be commander of the 104th Fighter Wing.
Green told 22News he believes this is part of an evolutionary process looking to non-rated officers –officers who are not pilots — to lead large organizations.
His service includes combat and combat support deployments supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.