Wright retires after 34 years of service


Retired Maj. Gen. Johnathan T. Treacy officiates Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright’s retirement ceremony May 27, 2015, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Lt. Col. Cynthia C. Coy, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs)

RICHMOND, Va. — Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright marked the end of a 34-year military career with his retirement ceremony May 27, 2015, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va.

Wright, call sign “Cruzr,” was last assigned as the Air Component Commander, Joint Force Headquarters, Virginia Air National Guard in Sandston, Va., where he was the primary advisor to the Adjutant General of Virginia on state and federal matters pertaining to the Virginia Air National Guard.

“I was struck right away by the depth of his character,” said retired Maj. Gen. Jonathan T. Treacy, former Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, who first met wright in 2002 and officiated the retirement ceremony.

“He was and is an exemplary leader, balanced and fair, committed to the mission and sincerely devoted to his people,” said Treacy. “He was always ready and willing to make tough decisions and never abdicated that responsibility. As a highly respected tactician, innovator and commander, Cruzr leaves a legacy of integrity, professionalism and excellence that will long be remembered by those whom he touched in such a positive way.”

Wright entered the U.S. Air Force and received his commission in 1981 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. He transitioned from active duty to the Georgia Air National Guard in 1992. In 2010, he joined the Virginia Air National Guard.

Wright held various leadership and command positions at the squadron, wing, and headquarters levels. His assignments involved operations and formal training of U.S. Air Force and allied command and control personnel. He also worked in the developmental and operational testing arena. Wright is a master air battle manager with qualifications in six ground-based command and control systems, including joint and allied systems.

He served as acting Adjutant General of Virginia from June 11 to July 14, 2010, and also served as Virginia National Guard Director of Joint Staff and Virginia Air National Guard Chief of Staff prior to becoming the Air Component Commander.

“We wish Brig. Gen. Wayne Wright and his family all the best as they move forward into military retirement and new opportunities and adventures,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “He provided outstanding leadership and technical expertise that greatly benefitted the entire organization.” –