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Press Release
October 19, 2009
Oregon airman to take over as 1st Air Force commander
A former Oregon Air National Guard wing commander has been appointed to lead 1st Air Force, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean is scheduled to assume the post from the current commander, Maj. Gen. Henry C. Murrow, during a ceremony at Tyndall AFB, Fla., on Nov. 12.

"To have one of our own selected to run 1st Air Force is a great honor," said Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General for the Oregon National Guard.

Dean served under Rees' command when he worked as the State Director of Operations and as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air at Oregon's Joint Force Headquarters.

Rees said Dean's appointment to lead 1st Air Force is also a testament to the high caliber of people within the Oregon National Guard, and the organization's ability to train its members for leadership roles at the national level and beyond.

"Regardless of where Dean serves, it reflects well on our programs and our development of leaders here in Oregon," Rees said.

Dean is currently the Deputy Inspector General of the Air Force in Washington, D.C., a position he took early last year. He joined the United States Air Force in December 1978, first training at Randolph AFB in Texas before serving as an F-15 pilot in Japan.

He joined the Oregon Air National Guard in March 1990, and has served in several leadership positions at the fighter wing and state headquarters until February 2008.
dean_gc2.jpg: Oregon Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean will assume command of 1st Air Force, during a ceremony at Tyndall AFB, Fla, on Nov. 12, 2009. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force)