- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A New York Air National Guard unit in western New York is getting a new commander.

State military authorities say Col. Robert Kilgore of Lancaster will lead the 107th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

The wing traces its history to 1946 and is the process of switching from flying C-130 Hercules transport planes to piloting MQ-9 “Reaper” drones.

Kilgore, the unit’s vice commander, recently qualified as a Reaper pilot.

He takes over the top job from Col. John Higgins at the end of January.

Kilgore is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, served in the Air Force from 1988 until 1997 and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War.

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