NEWS | May 7, 2021

171st Air Refueling Wing gets new commander

By Staff Sgt. Zoe Wockenfuss

The 171st Air Refueling Wing held a change of command ceremony where Col. Raymond L. Hyland took command of the 171st May 6, 2021, near Pittsburgh, Pa.

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Regan, commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, officially passed the 171st guidon to Hyland making him wing commander. The guidon is a ceremonial flag that represents the unit and its squadrons.

“Hyland’s background in aviation and maintenance paired with his charisma and people skills will benefit him well as he takes on this new role as wing commander,” said Regan.

Hyland received his commission in 1989 after graduating as a distinguished graduate from the Air Force ROTC program at Kent State University, Ohio. His career encompasses active duty Air Force service prior to joining the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1999. Hyland is a command pilot with over 5,200 military flying hours. He has flown five different versions of the KC-135 throughout his 31 years of service to the nation and to the commonwealth.

Hyland succeeds Col. Mark A. Goodwill, who served as commander since 2017 and has over 30 years of service at the 171st. Goodwill will be moving to a position at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard state headquarters as the chief of staff for the Air National Guard.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be the commander of such a key base,” said Hyland. “I look forward to seeing what our Airmen will accomplish.”