Blacksnakes Commander Promoted to Chief of Staff

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  • By Senior Airman Justin Andras
  • 122nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

“Leading the 122nd Fighter Wing has been one of the high points of my career,” said Renwick. “I look forward to leading at a state level, and to continue serving Indiana and the Nation.”

Col. Renwick has commanded at virtually every level, leading our great Airmen on combat deployments with the A-10 and F-16,” said Carr. “He is the epitome of an Air Force leader.”

Serving as the 122nd Fighter Wing Commander since September 2014, Renwick has piloted the wing’s uninterrupted mission to provide decisive firepower and agile combat support to the Combatant Commanders worldwide. 

Among the accomplishments during his command tenure, the wing completed deployments of more than 800 members overseas in support of multiple missions including Operation Enduring Freedom, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Operation Inherent Resolve, and Operation Atlantic Resolve, Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, alongside state partner and NATO ally, Slovakia. Additionally, 150 Agile Combat Support personnel were deployed to the CENTCOM, AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM areas of responsibility.

“A mentor of mine once told me ‘a leader is always present and moving towards the point of danger,’” said Renwick. “That doesn’t just apply to a combat situation but also here at home in many different instances. A leader must be present and engaged with his people to solicit from them what they need to do their job.”

In fine fashion the 122nd Fighter Wing proudly received the Carl S. Spaatz trophy, Sept. 13, 2015. The prestigious designation, presented annually to the highest-rated Air National Guard flying unit, based on overall combat readiness. 

“I am particularly proud of all he has accomplished and looking forward to what he can contribute given his ability to articulate our requirements,” said Carr. “We welcome him up on the headquarter staff.”

In addition to his previous role as Vice Commander of the 181st Intelligence Wing, Terre Haute, Ind., Renwick retains a wealth of experience, knowledge and command qualities. These include more than 3,300 flight hours, 148 hours specifically spent in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, multiple civilian degrees and numerous military training courses. 

While serving for more than 16 years with the 181st Intelligence Wing, Renwick served in various roles including Assistant Flight Commander for the F-16C aircraft, weapons and flight officer, aircraft maintenance squadron commander, air operations squadron commander, and wing vice commander.