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Wing announces two new commanders

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Leadership from the 139th Airlift Wing announced today the appointment of two new commanders at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.

Lt. Col. John Cluck will be the commander of the 139th Operations Group. The group includes the 180th Airlift Squadron, 241st Air Traffic Control Squadron, and other support squadrons and units.

Lt. Col. Byron Newell will be the commander of the 139th Maintenance Group. He will be responsible for overseeing maintenance of C-130 aircraft assigned to the wing.

Newell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy for nearly 10 years. He joined the Missouri Air National Guard in 2004.

Cluck is from Wathena, Kan., and joined the 139th Airlift Wing in 1986.

The appointments come with promotions to colonel for both commanders. Promotion and change of command ceremonies for each commander will be held at a later date.