Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Ed Sauley retiring during 185th’s August training weekend

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
  • 185th Air Refueling Wing

Members of the media are invited to attend a formal retirement ceremony for former 185th Air Refueling Wing commander Maj. Gen. Ed Sauley. Sauley will be honored during the unit’s August training weekend.

The ceremony is planned to take place at 10 a.m. in the main hangar at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City on Saturday August 1, 2020.

Sauley is one of a small number of 185th ARW alumni to achieve the rank of general while serving as a member of the Air National Guard. Sauley is retiring from his position as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.  

Following active duty, Sauley joined the 185th in 2001 as a traditional member of the Air Guard while residing in Omaha, Neb. At the same time Sauley was working as a full time pilot for United Airlines. During his time with the unit he flew both the F-16 fighter aircraft and the KC-135. Sauley eventually began flying full time for the 185th, ultimately becoming the unit’s Wing Commander before moving to USSTRATCOM in Omaha in 2012.

Sauley earned his commission in the Air Force after receiving a degree in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. He is retiring as a command pilot with over 3400 flying hours and 150 combat hours flown during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

During his time with the 185th ARW, Sauley served in various capacities including as the unit’s current operations officer, operations group commander and as the unit’s wing commander.

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