New Wing Command Chief Takes the Reigns

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  • By Staff Sgt Rich Murphy
  • 185th ARW Public Affairs
Chief Master Sgt. David Miller of the 185th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) took over the position of Wing Command Chief Saturday in a change of command ceremony at Sioux City Air National Guard Base, a position formerly held by Chief Master Sgt. Donald Kuehl. Miller is now the Wing's 5th Command Chief.

After a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Miller's daughter, Brittany Miller, over 500 members of the 185th ARW stood at attention to witness the traditional "Passing of the Spear" ceremony. Congressman Steve King of Iowa's 5th District was also in attendance to welcome the new Command Chief.

Kuehl, the exiting Command Chief, gave the new chief some words of wisdom. "We excel by not doing things on our own. It is a group effort through which we succeed." He then thanked Col. Brian Miller, the 185th ARW Wing Commander, as well as all of his friends in the Unit. He concluded, "It has been a great ride."

In an emotional acceptance speech, Command Chief Miller thanked all of his mentors who were responsible for his success in the unit. He said, "I am honored and I am humbled. As part of this team, we have had some challenges, both big and small. But like all great teams, we always manage to finish on top."

In another tradition at the 185th, Miller's family helped pin the new Command Star on Chief Miller's sleeve.

Congressman King provided some words of encouragement and gratitude toward both Miller and Kuehl. He said, "I am really glad that I am here and nowhere else. Had I read this in the paper in the morning, it would not have felt the same."

King added, "I can see the emotion in Chief Miller's acceptance speech. Let not our enemies view these emotions as anything but passion, commitment, and strength."

In his closing remarks, King finished, "Thank you, from a grateful America."

While Miller embarks upon his new mission, outgoing Command Chief Kuehl will continue his service in an Agricultural mission overseas.

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