Col Kevin Bradley (left) the new commander of the New York Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing, puts his name on the "wing plane" as outgoing commander Col. Anthony Basile removes his.
Bradley, the vice commander of the Syracuse-based F-16 Wing since 2003, took over from Basile during a May 4 ceremony at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base.
The 174th will deploy F-16 fighters to Iraq later this year but will soon begin phasing out the planes and begin operating the Reaper, an armed version of the Predator UAV.
Basile is moving on to new duties with New York Air National Guard Headquarters and is slated to become the Commander of the New York Air National when current commander Major General Robert Knauff retires in 2009.
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