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Maintenance, operations groups welcome new commanders

Col. Kenneth J. Dale, center, receives the Kentucky Air National Guard 123d Maintenance Group guidon from Col. Bill Ketterer, interim 123d Airlift Wing Commander, during a dual change of command ceremony here July 18 . The passing of the guidon officially marks Colonel Dale’s assumption of commander of the group. Lt. Col. Barry D. Gorter, far left, assumed command of the 123d Operations Group during the ceremony.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sgt. Dennis Flora)

Col. Kenneth J. Dale, center, receives the Kentucky Air National Guard 123d Maintenance Group guidon from Col. Bill Ketterer, interim 123d Airlift Wing Commander, during a dual change of command ceremony here July 18 . The passing of the guidon officially marks Colonel Dale’s assumption of commander of the group. Lt. Col. Barry D. Gorter, far left, assumed command of the 123d Operations Group during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sgt. Dennis Flora)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In a dual change of command ceremony in the 123d Airlift Wing fuel cell, Col. Kenneth J. Dale relinquished command of the 123d Operations Group to Lt. Col. Barry D. Gorter on Sunday, July 18 at 1 p.m.

Colonel Dale then assumed command of the 123d Maintenance Group from Col. Neil T. Mullaney, who is vacating the position to serve a tour with the Kentucky Agricultural Development Team.

Colonel Dale, a Louisville native, enlisted in the Kentucky Air National Guard in 1980 and was commissioned in 1987. His docorations include the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal and numerous other decorations. He's a veteran of the Kosovo campaign and the Global War on Terrorism.

Colonel Gorter joined the Air National Guard in 1991. He's supported operations in Somalia, Bosnia, Germany, Puerto Rico, Iraq and Afghanistan. His docorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Medal and numerous other decorations.