Reynolds promoted to brigadier general

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Reynolds showed his appreciation for the community of Absarokee during his remarks at his Air Force promotion ceremony last week.

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Marty Reynolds’ family helps pin the promotion onto his uniform.

Hometown Boy Makes It Big

“Off we go, into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun.” These opening notes of the Air Force Song could be heard drifting down Absarokee’s main street last week as a hometown boy received a big time promotion.

Absarokee native Marty Reynolds, son of Marge Garcia-Lien and Rosemary and Mike Reynolds, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general at a ceremony at the Big Yellow House.

The lawn was flooded with Reynolds’ loved ones, members of the Absarokee Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) group, and citizens of Absarokee, all witnessing and taking part in a ceremony dictated by military protocol.

The proceedings were kicked off by a couple of locals. Dave Oltrogge sang the national anthem accompanied by his acoustic guitar, and the invocation was given by Jim Reynolds.

The event’s presiding officer was Brigadier General J. Peter Hronek II, the Assistant Adjutant General for the Montana Air National Guard.

He is the Senior Air National Guard Officer in the state and is responsible for managing the 1,000 personnel in the 120th Airlift Wing, the 219th RED HORSE Squadron, and the Montana Air National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, according to the event program.

Hronek is an advisor to the governor and the state’s Adjutant General on matters concerning the Montana Air National Guard.

He described Reynolds’ new duties as brigadier general, emphasizing the role Reynolds will play in supporting young airmen and their families, helping them develop within the profession.

This is a task Reynolds already knows how to do, Hronek mentioned – Reynolds will simply be doing it on a much larger scale.

Hronek described Reynolds as “a great airman who is going to go on to great things.”

Following a ceremony in which Reynolds’ family members pinned on his promotion, the members of the Absarokee VFW chapter presented Reynolds’ personal colors – a flag that will fly during events in which Reynolds participates to indicate a brigadier general is present.

Newly promoted Brigadier General Reynolds thanked his family and the community for all of the support throughout his career.

“It means an awful lot to us to be from Absarokee, Mont. It brings us pride that we grew up here,” Reynolds said, noting that it was during his childhood in Absarokee that he learned such important qualities as hard work and perseverance.

Holding the ceremony in Absarokee was one way he could show his appreciation for his hometown, Reynolds mentioned. The effective date of Reynolds’ promotion was Aug. 2.

As brigadier general, Reynolds is Vice Commander of the 25th Air Force Joint Base in San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Across the world, there are 29,000 25th Air Force airmen.

He is “responsible to the commander for providing multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources; electronic warfare and integrating cyber ISR forces and expertise,” according to the program.

Reynolds was the Air Force Military Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York prior to his current assignment in Texas.

Reynolds attended the Air Force Academy, and received his commission in 1992. As a command pilot, Reynolds has more than 2,400 flying hours in various types of aircraft. He has flown combat missions during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.