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New commander installed at 171st Air Refueling Wing in Findlay

| Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, 3:09 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 171st Air Refueling Wing in Findlay has a new leader.

Wing Commander Col. Edward E. “Ted” Metzgar assumed command during a ceremony Saturday. He previously served as commander of the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee. He was not available for comment Saturday.

Metzgar received his commission in 1981 after graduating from the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours of experience.

Metzgar will be the 20th commander in the 171st's history.

He replaced Col. Anthony J. Carrelli, who is being promoted to Air National Guard brigadier general. Carrelli served as commander of the 171st since January 2012.

The 171st was one of five Air National Guard bases in the running to become a base for the new KC-46A tanker.

Air Force officials in May selected Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., instead. McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., will serve as a main operating base for the new tankers. Altus Air Force Base, Okla., will be the formal training base.

Prior to his post in Milwaukee, Metzgar served as Maintenance Group Commander at the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wis.

He has flown the A-10 Thunderbolt and the F-16 Fighting Falcon, among other aircraft.

He has served as an instructor pilot, a flight examiner and group commander while being stationed in Texas, South Carolina, Kuwait, South Korea and Iraq.

Metzgar's military decorations include The Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal with two Oakleaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship.

The 171st uses KC-135 Stratotankers to provide aerial refueling capability to U.S. and Allied forces worldwide.

It is home to 16 of the 1950s-era KC-135s along with 1,300 Air National Guard personnel and full-time employees.

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