CHEYENNE – Lt. Col. Barry F. Deibert assumed command of the 153rd Airlift Wing’s 153rd Maintenance Group on Sunday, August 12.
Col. Peter Linde relinquished command of the group during the traditional ceremony.
“I can always count on Lt. Col. Deibert to do the right thing,” said Col. Justin Walrath, 153rd Airlift Wing commander. “I have faith that he will take care of the maintenance group airmen and they’ll take care of him.”
Deibert will serve as the wing commander’s primary aircraft maintenance officer, responsible for oversight of all aircraft maintenance activities and operations of assigned subordinate units to include the aircraft maintenance squadron and the maintenance operations flight.
“When I joined the Wyoming Air National Guard in 1986, there were a lot of little things I didn’t know,” Deibert said during the ceremony. “Little did I know the decision I made to enlist would lead to the decisions I’m making today.”
Deibert began his career with the Wyoming Air National Guard more than 30 years ago, enlisting as an avionics system specialist. After seven years of his enlisted career, he commissioned as a pilot with the 187th Airlift Squadron.
Deibert earned several national and state awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with a bronze service star and the Air Force Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters. He has served on numerous overseas deployments in support of national defense efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo, as well as stateside humanitarian support.