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Lancaster man named commander of 107th Airlift Wing

Col. Robert Kilgore of Lancaster will become the new commander of the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard at the end of January, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office announced Monday.

Kilgore, currently vice commander of the wing based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War. He will take over for Col. John Higgins, who’s held the post for two years.

Kilgore, 48, has served in the wing since 1997 and is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours. He also served in the Air Force from 1988 to 1997.

The 107th is in the process of transitioning from flying C-130 Hercules transport planes to a remotely piloted aircraft, or drone, called the MQ-9 “Reaper.”