Ceremony marks the changing of the guard for the 149th Fighter Squadron

Col. William J. Butz, 192nd Operations Group commander, presents the squadron colors to Lt. Col. Micah Fesler, signifying the transfer of command of the 149th Fighter Squadron, during a change of command ceremony held July 12, 2014 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Meaghan E. M. Selki/Released)

Col. William J. Butz, 192nd Operations Group commander, presents the squadron colors to Lt. Col. Micah Fesler, signifying the transfer of command of the 149th Fighter Squadron, during a change of command ceremony held July 12, 2014 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Meaghan E. M. Selki/Released)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — After 18 months of serving as the commander of the 149th Fighter Squadron, Lt. Col. Stephen H. Bunting relinquished command to Lt. Col. D. Micah Fesler during a change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va.

Col. William J. Butz, 192nd Operations Group commander said during his remarks, “Lt. Col. Bunting has done an outstanding job leading the squadron through three deployments and multiple local exercises. He ensured the challenges were met and the squadron excelled in all of them.”

Bunting has been selected to take command of the 192nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group after leading the 149th Fighter Squadron since late 2012.

Fesler, a pilot with over 2,000 hours in the F-15C and F-22A aircraft, took command after returning to the unit from his prior assignment as the Chief of Advanced Programs for the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. One of his other pivotal assignments included being the Chief Instructor Pilot to create and execute the F-22 Weapons Instructor Course.

Brig. Gen. Zane R. Johnson, Air Component Commander for the Virginia National Guard, lauded Fesler, noting that “he is a great choice. I am looking forward to him serving as the commander for the men and women of the 149th Fighter Squadron.”

“He is a very smart guy and I am happy to have him as the leader of the 149th. In this challenging era of budget constraints, I charge him to keep the men and women under his leadership engaged and motivated,” said Butz.

Fesler expects to do exactly that as he told the more than 120 guests in attendance, “I’m fired up for this job!”

Story by  Air Force Lt. Col. Cynthia C. Coy, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs

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