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NEWS | June 11, 2024

Former Colorado TAG Retires as Air National Guard Director

By Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Zimmerman, 140th Wing

DENVER - U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh, director, Air National Guard, bid farewell to his distinguished career with a symbolic final flight, known as the ‘Fini Flight’, aboard an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Buckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, June 7.

The Colorado National Guard’s 140th Wing, where Loh called home for much of his military career, hosted the final flight and retirement ceremony.

“For almost 25 years, I was able to be an Air Force fighter pilot, a true privilege,” Loh said in his farewell speech. “It was great serving the fifth largest Air Force in the world — the Air National Guard.”

Loh graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984. After serving seven years on active duty as an F-16 instructor pilot, he transitioned to the CONG in 1991.

He held command, staff, and supervisory positions throughout his tenure, including group commander, Air Force assistant to the commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and assistant adjutant general of Colorado for Air and Space.

Loh’s connection to the Colorado National Guard culminated with service as the state’s adjutant general from April 2017 to July 2020.

“Lt. Gen. Loh’s legacy is one of unwavering dedication, leadership, sacrifice and service,” said Col. Jeremiah Tucker, commander, 140th Wing, CONG. “His impact extends far beyond his tenure as director, leaving an indelible mark on all those who have had the privilege of serving alongside him.”

As the director of the Air National Guard, Loh was responsible for overseeing policies, plans and programs affecting more than 108,400 Air National Guard Airmen and civilians across 90 wings in the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia.

“Over the past four years, Mike has served as the director of the Air National Guard, and I couldn’t have had a better adviser and leader at my side,” said U.S. Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau. “He was a ferocious advocate for our National Guard Airmen, and our organization is better for his experience, vision and direction.”

With a career spanning over four decades, Loh accumulated extensive knowledge in piloting various aircraft. As a command pilot, he amassed over 3,200 flight hours, with over 120 in combat. His flight log boasts a diverse array of aircraft, including the T-37, T-38, AT-38, and F-16A/B/C/D.

Loh’s experience included deployments to the Pacific and Central Command regions, where he commanded combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Provide Comfort II.

As Loh embarks on the next chapter of his journey, his legacy of service and commitment to excellence will continue to inspire generations of Airmen.

“Go Guard!” Loh exclaimed. “I leave with great optimism for our future and comfort knowing the next generations will continue making it better.”



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