No. 56 takes command of the 17 TRW
By Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez, Public Affairs
/ Published March 16, 2007
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Goodfellow Air Force Base hosted a change of command ceremony March 9, at the base parade grounds, officiated by Maj. Gen. Michael Gould, 2nd Air Force commander. The wing guidon flag was passed to the 56th commander in the 17th Training Wing's history.
Col. Richard Ayres replaces Col. Scott Bethel, who will serve as the deputy director of intelligence and air, and information operations for technical training at Air Education and Training Command headquarters at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
"When I found out I was coming to Goodfellow, I knew it would be a good situation for me because I had heard great things about the base. Scott (former wing commander) you have done an outstanding job as the wing commander for Goodfellow. I look forward to embracing the opportunity to build on the foundation you have established and lead this dedicated and professional group of men and women," said Col. Ayres at the change of command ceremony.
Goodfellow is Col. Ayres' fifth command. He previously commanded the 480th Intelligence Group at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
After serving as deputy director at the Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., Col. Ayres served in two different positions at U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center in Royal Air Force Molesworth, United Kingdom-first as the director of operations and then as the commander.
The colonel's first two command positions were the 32nd Air Intelligence Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and the 437th Airlift Wing, in Charleston AFB, S.C. respectively.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by two Master of Arts degrees; the first in Middle Eastern studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif. in 1989 and the second in National Security Affairs at the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Va.
Col. Ayres is a distinguished graduate of the Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. and a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College also at Maxwell.
Col. Ayres major decorations and awards include a Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star, the 9th highest military award (including both combat and non combat awards) in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, an Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and a Joint Service Achievement Medal.