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August 31, 2011
Former 142nd Fighter Wing Commander continues with successful Air Force career
 
SALEM, Ore. - The former commander in charge of the 142nd Fighter Wing during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, has relinquished command of 1st Air Force, during a ceremony at Tyndall AFB, Fla., Aug. 31.
 
Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean is transferring to Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy, where he will serve as the deputy chief of staff for operations. Dean served as the commander of 1st AF for nearly two years.
 
Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke assumed command of 1st AF during the ceremony presided over by Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.
 
"General Dean has led CONR-AFNORTH through many challenges, and has moved the pieces around the chessboard in a magnificent fashion," Jacoby said. "General Clarke is well-qualified to wear the many hats of CONR-AFNORTH. He is the perfect man for this job."
 
After passing the flags of CONR and 1st AF to Clarke, Dean received a Distinguished Service Medal, then took the opportunity to thank everyone who helped make his tenure as commander a success.
 
"All the wonderful things you heard mentioned here today about this command didn't happen because of me - it was the Airmen, the Total Force team that made it happen," Dean said.
 
"It's exciting to defend America, and it's a team sport. General Clarke, you're going to love this community. There are some wonderful Americans here supporting us. We have fulfilled the dreams of those who came before us, and now we're creating dreams for those to come."
 
Dean was commissioned in 1978 by the United States Air Force in 1978, graduating from the U.S.A.F. Academy.  In 1990, he transferred to the Oregon Air National Guard from the Georgia Guard where he had served as an F-15 instructor pilot and mission commander.  While in Oregon, he served as instructor pilot, mission commander, squadron-, vice-, and wing-commander.
 
In 2003, he accepted a position at Joint Force Headquarters as the Director of Operations, before he was selected as Assistant Adjutant General, Air.  He assumed the position of Deputy Inspector General for the Air Force in Washington, D.C. in early 2008 before taking command of 1st AF in November of 2009.
 
Photo Cutlines:
110831-F-MA824-286: Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean, center, passes the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region to Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, NORAD commander, during the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) change of command ceremony at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 31. Dean relinquished command of CONR to Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, marking the first time a lieutenant general has ever held a command billet at Tyndall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman)
 
110831-F-MA824-255: Gen. William M. Fraser, left, Air Combat Command commander, pins a Distinguished Service Medal on Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean during the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) change of command ceremony at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 31. Dean relinquished command of CONR-1st AF (AFNORTH) to Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, marking the first time a lieutenant general has ever held a command billet at Tyndall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman)
 
 
Contact Info: CONR - 1 AF/AFNORTH
Continental United States NORAD Region - First Air Force (Air Forces Northern) Office of Public Affairs, (850) 283-8080