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Snyder assumes new command role in Nevada Air Guard

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(CARSON CITY, Nev.) – Along with the new year comes a new commander for the Nevada Air Guard. Col. David Snyder, currently the commander of the 152nd Airlift Wing, will take the reins of the entire Nevada Air Guard from Brig. Gen. Robert Fitch at 3:30 p.m. at the Nevada Air National Guard base, 1776 National Guard Way in Reno. Snyder will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a private promotion ceremony earlier in the day.

Nevada media is welcome to attend any one of the ceremonies set for Saturday at the air base.

WHAT: Nevada Air National Guard change of command

WHO: Col. David Snyder from Brig. Gen. Robert Fitch

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 7, 3:30 p.m. for the ceremony, followed by a retreat at the flag pole at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Nevada Air National Guard base in Reno, 1776 National Guard Way

MEDIA: Media is welcome at all events. Please bring government-issued identification to expedite entry. Call Maj. April Conway at (775) 287-5592 for assistance at the event.

Snyder, a Yerington native, has been the 152nd Airlift Wing commander since November 2009 and led the organization through its exhaustive unit compliance inspection in September 2011 and through dozens of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Before becoming the wing’s commander, he served as the state’s air operations officer since 2004.

Like two-time president Grover Cleveland, Fitch served two stints as his organization’s top official. Fitch served as the commander of the 1,100-Airman Nevada Air Guard from 2007 through January 2011 and then returned to his old post from August 2011 until Saturday. Fitch retires with more than 40 years of service to the High Rollers.

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