476 FG changes command
By Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver and Airman Azaria Foster, 23d Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 16, 2019
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
The 476th Fighter Group (FG) held a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
The ceremony welcomed Lt. Col. Brandon Kelly and said farewell to Col. Gerald Cook.
“Col. Cook is an outstanding Airman who’s made the 476th FG and the 23d Wing more ready and more lethal,” said Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander. “Lt. Col. Kelly is going to build off the foundation that Col. Cook has set and work with the rest of Team Moody and raise their bar to a new level.”
Lt. Col. Kelly has excelled as a command pilot accomplishing over 3,000 flying hours while also serving as the special assistant to the commander of the 476th FG.
“Col. Kelly, it was a very easy decision for me to encourage Brig. Gen Suro to have you replace me as the 476th FG commander,” said Cook. “Your strategic leadership and foresight as commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron has already been a vital part of the 476th FG and I’m looking forward to hearing about all the great things you’ll accomplish in the future.”
Kelly is no stranger to the 476th FG as he previously commanded the 76th FS. He was responsible for the integration of personnel within the 23d Fighter Group as a reserve classic associate unit where his Airmen trained and deployed in support of Active Duty exercises and contingency operations.
“To the Airman of the 476th FG, thank you for being a part of this all-volunteer force that we all are,” said Kelly. “But especially part of one that works a civilian job from Monday to Friday and then dedicates their weekend to complete the mission of the 476th FG.”
Suro highlighted the accomplishments of Col. Cook, who will be moving on to the National War College in Washington D.C.
“The Air Force Reserve Command only sends one Airman to the National War College every year, and that Airman is Col. Cook, he’s that outstanding.” said Suro.