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Col. James Dryjanski, (right) assumes command of the 314th Airlift Wing with the transfer of the Wing colors from Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, director of Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Commandder. The change of command ceremony was held Thursday, July 31, at Little Rock Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Regina Agoha)
Col. James Dryjanski, (right) assumes command of the 314th Airlift Wing with the transfer of the Wing colors from Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, director of Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Commandder. The change of command ceremony was held Thursday, July 31, at Little Rock Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Regina Agoha)

Command of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base was transferred to a new commander in a ceremony held Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Col. James Dryjanski assumed command from Col. Scott Brewer in the ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Keltz, director of Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command.

The 314th AW is under the Air Education and Training command, with about 1,200 military and civilian professionals who form the tactical airlift “Center of Excellence.”

Each year, the 314 AW, in partnership with the 19th AW, 189th AW Air National Guard, and the 913th Airlift Group Air Force Reserve Command, each year flies 12,600 hours and uses 81 flight simulators/training devices to train more than 1,800 students in the C-130 Hercules. This includes more than 250 international students from 47 partner nations. The Center of Excellence is the largest international flight training program in the Department of Defense.

Prior to his new post, Dryjanski served as commander, 387th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia. He commanded 700 personnel in support of coalition forces and civilian contractors at the Air Force’s second busiest aerial port debarkation while delivering joint expeditionary tasked Airmen in support of U.S. Central Command operations.

Keltz spoke about the legacy and valor of the 314th AW. “This is what these ceremonies are all about,” he said.

During his speech Major Gen. Keltz highlighted both Brewer and Dryjanski’s many accomplishments and accolades throughout their careers.

Dryjanski was commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy in 1992, with military honors. He has deployed and flown more than 150 combat and combat support hours in numerous operations, including Operations Allied Forces and Enduring Freedom.

Dryjanski was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, Celeste, and their six children, Katherin, Alexis, Zoey, Thomas, Joshua and Adam.

“It is a great day to be back in central Arkansas and to be in the business of producing C-130 combat airlift,” Dryjanski said after the ceremony.

Brewer leaves the 314th AW to become Chief of Concepts, Strategy and Wargaming Division, Headquarters Air Force, at the Pentagon.

Information drawn from an article by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, and official press releases.

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