Friday, January 21, 2011


The New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing Change of Command Ceremony is Saturday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, New York.

The New York State Adjutant General, Major General Patrick Murphy will preside over a ceremony in which Col. Jim S. McCready will take command of the 107th Airlift Wing.

Existing Commander Col. Patrick Ginavan will at the same ceremony relinquish his command of the 107th Airlift Wing.

Ginavan, who began his service as an aircraft mechanic in 1976, has served as the commander of the 107th since 2005. He and his wife Jill live in Gasport. His sons Sam and Charlie are members of the 107th as is his daughter-in-law, Stasha.

A pilot with more than 3,300 hours of flying time, Ginavan was first assigned to the 107th as an instructor pilot in 1986 when the wing flew F-4 fighters. He then transitioned to F-16s and then the KC-135R tanker as the wing's aircraft changed. He was commissioned in 1983 after seven years of enlisted service.

"I wish the best of luck to the 107th," he said. "I am very proud to have served this unit since 1986 and been a part of it and all the things we have been through."

Ginavan's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Air Medal ,Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon .