By Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Col. James Dryjanski assumed command of the 314th Airlift Wing during a change-of-command ceremony July 31 at Little Rock Air Force Base.
Dryjanski assumed command from Col. Scott Brewer in a ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Keltz, the director of Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command.
Major Gen. Keltz talked about the legacy and valor of the 314th AW.
“This is what these ceremonies are all about,” he said.
During his speech Major Gen. Keltz highlighted both Brewer and Dryjanski’s many accomplishments and accolades throughout their careers.
“When we bring you colonels here to Team Little Rock, we don’t bring you “just” a colonel, we bring you the caliber of these two men,” said Major Gen. Keltz.
Colonel Dryjanski received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1992 with military honors. Colonel Dryjanski has deployed and flown more than 150 combat and combat support hours in support of combatant commander objectives in numerous operations, including Operations Allied Forces and Enduring Freedom.
Dryjanksi’s previous assignment was as the commander of the 387th Expeditionary Group in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
As the newest members of TLR, Dryjanski was joined during the ceremony by his wife, Celeste, and their six children: Katherin, Alexis, Zoey, Thomas, Joshua and Adam.
After the official change of command, Dryjanski took a moment to comment on his upcoming role as the new 314th AW commander.
“It is a great day to be back in central Arkansas and to be in the business of producing C-130 combat airlift,” said Dryjanski.