GREAT FALLS — The Montana Air National Guard’s 120th Airlift Wing celebrated its new commander Saturday during a Change of Command ceremony.
Colonel Trace Thomas assumed command of the unit from outgoing commander Colonel Buel Dickson.
Col. Thomas had been serving as the the wing's Maintenance and Operations Groups Commander.
Col. Dickson has been selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general and will now take command of the Montana Air National Guard.
The change of command and promotion ceremonies were livestreamed due to Covid-19 concerns.
The 120th Airlift Wing operates and maintains C-130 cargo planes.