Col. Denise Donnell, a Clifton Park resident, takes command of New York Air Guard's 105th Airlift Wing
New York Air National Guard Col. Denise Donnell, a Clifton Park resident, took command of the 105th Airlift Wing from Col. Howard Wagner during a ceremony here on Sunday, August 6.
Donnell ,a command pilot with more than 3,800 hours of flying time in seven different types of aircraft who has been serving as the wing vice commander, is the first woman to command one of the New York Air National Guard's five flying wings.
Wagner, who has led the wing since 2016, is retiring after a 34-year military career.
"Col. Donnell is a highly qualified officer with the experience and training to lead the 1,300 men and women of the 105th Airlift Wing," said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York and commander of the New York Air National Guard. "I am proud of her past accomplishments and look forward to seeing where she will lead the 105th in the future."