In a ceremony witnessed by almost 1,500 dignitaries, family members, guests, and military members, Col. Michael L. Cunniff assumed command of the 108th Air Refueling Wing on Oct. 26.
Col. Cunniff, formerly the Operations Group Commander, replaced Col. Lawrence S. Thomas, who will be assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters-New Jersey, as Director of Operations, New Jersey Air National Guard.
The 108th Air Refueling Wing is comprised of the 141st Air Refueling Squadron, 150th Air Refueling Squadron, 227th Special Operations Flight, and 19 support units.
Originally from Cedar Grove, Col. Cunniff received a Bachelor of Science
degree in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology
Col. Cunniff joined the Air Force in July 1982. In October of the following year he received his commission through the Academy of Military Science. Cunniff received his pilot’s wings at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., in 1983, and after attending F4-D Phantom fighter training, joined the 108th Tactical Fighter Wing.
During his military career, he also has served as an Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Training, Operations Officer, 150th Air Refueling Squadron; Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Flying Safety Officer, Range Control Officer, and Combat Training Team Chief.
New Recruiting Office Open For Business
On Sept. 10, (left-right) Maj. Gen. Clark Martin, Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard, Col. Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General, Senator Martha Bark, 8th Legislative District; Brig. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey, unknown, and Col. Larry Thomas, Commander, 108th Air Refueling Wing officially opened the Wing’s recruiting station in the Moorestown Mall. Photo courtesy 108ARW/MultiMedia Center.