175th Wing Maryland National Guard welcomes first female wing commander
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jori Robinson became the first woman to lead the 175th Wing when she assumed command during a change of command ceremony Jan. 7, 2021, at Warfield Air National Guard Base at Martin Airport. State here.
U.S. Army Gen. Timothy Gowen, Maryland’s adjutant general, was the president of the Maryland Air National Guard ceremony where U.S. Air Force Brig. General Paul Johnson, the outgoing wing commander, relinquished command to Robinson.
With the passing of the 175th Wing Guidon, first from Johnson to Gowen, then from Gowen to Robinson, symbolic military tradition signified the passing of leadership.
“No one can see the future when they take command, and in my four years in the corner office, we’ve been through more than anyone could have predicted,” said Johnson, who led the wing at through multiple deployments and celebrated 100 years of the Maryland Air National Guard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Collectively, we are committed to executing our mission with excellence and cultivating a culture of professionalism, respect and belonging. Individually, I recognize that each of you has contributed to making 175 Wing the shining example of what a multi-domain, combat-proven organization should be.
The 175th Wing is a dual-mission organization supporting combatant commanders in the air with the A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft and in cyberspace with support from the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group.
“I am humbled by this opportunity and grateful, once again, to work with this outstanding team,” said Robinson, who previously served as the Maryland Air National Guard’s chief of staff and as an advisor to the Air National Guard at Air Force Headquarters A 3/6. “Your dedicated work in A-10 operations and maintenance, cyberspace, intelligence, and S-team operations keeps this wing in a leading role in our national security. Building and exploiting these capabilities is a vitally important activity.
In addition to serving at the president’s request for federal service, the Maryland Air National Guard is also called upon to serve the citizens of Maryland in times of need by Governor Larry Hogan.
“I want to emphasize that nothing can be accomplished without the incredible efforts of our Mission Support and Medical Groups, as well as our Command Post, Finance, Contracts, IG, Security, of the Judge Advocate General and the offices of the Airmen Care Team,” Robinson said. . “You are the epitome of team players. What you have done for the past two years is superhuman. Thank you for your dedication.”
Prior to serving as 175th Wing Commander, Johnson served as the Wing’s Vice Commander and will now transition to his new role as Air National Guard Assistant to the Director, Air and Cyberspace Operations, United Nations Headquarters. Pacific Air Forces. There, he will strategically lead the staffing functions for all air and cyberspace operations for the entire PACAF community.