FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing held its change of command ceremony and bid farewell to Col. Matteo “Mooch” Martemucci to welcome Col. Brian Tyler, June 10.
Maj. Gen. Mary F. O’Brien, Twenty-Fifth Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony and gave both the outgoing and incoming commander’s words of advice and encouragement.
“This is a very important milestone as we pass the guidon from one outstanding commander to another,” said O’Brien. “Mooch has been an advocate for all ISR operations these past two years and I know we can expect great things from him going forward as he puts on brigadier general.”
Martemucci assumed command of the 70th ISRW in June 2017, and has led the historic wing to new heights, earning the 2018 Air Force Meritorious Unit award; transforming the National to Tactical Intelligence flow, ensuring vital intelligence reached warfighters; and creating the Benjamin D. Foulois Center, leading the way in innovation.
“It has been an incredible privilege and I want to express my sincere thanks for an incredible two years of operational excellence,” said Martemucci. “You are the quiet heroes who deliver critical intelligence and multi-domain effects to national decision makers and combatant commanders alike. Rebecca and I thank you again for everything you do for our wing, our Air Force and our nation.”
Tyler assumes command of the wing by way of Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, where he was the Chief of Cyber and Non-Kinetic Operations Division. This is his third assignment in Maryland, and he is no stranger to the ISR mission.
“The airmen in this wing innovate, partner with and deliver decision makers with quality intelligence daily; I am blessed to have the opportunity to lead the mighty 70th ISRW,” Tyler said. “We will proceed with humility and confidence – a humility essential to learning and teamwork, and confidence knowing we serve in the most powerful Air Force ever and the most impressive cryptologic enterprise the world has ever known.”