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Western MA native honored during 104th Fighter Wing ceremony

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The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard base held a Commander's Call ceremony Saturday afternoon.

The guardsmen were on hand to watch two changes of command and a presentation of awards.

The recipient of the Legion of Merit award was Western Mass native and Southwick resident Col. Peter Green. Green earned the award thanks to the time he spent assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters of the Massachusetts National Guard.

He helped to make the Air and Army National Guards better understand each other.

"It is a recognition of a lot of hard work after almost four years of work up there," said Green. "I greatly and sincerely appreciate my senior officers doing that and recognizing me for that. Personally, I am going to do what I am going to do no matter what. It is kind of the way I am oriented, mission focused."

Green is currently the 104th Fighter Wing's Maintenance Group Commander, which is a full time position on base.

He has served for more than three decades, but has no plans retire any time soon.

"I serve as long as my boss wants me to serve," Green stated. "I am in a position where I could retire, as I said I am over 31 years, but I would never want to do that right now because I enjoy wearing the uniform too much to stop now."

During Saturday's ceremony, there was also recognition of recently deployed members of the 104th.

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