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Brig. Gen. James F. Mackey, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, addresses the audience during a promotion ceremony for the 442d Fighter Wing commander at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Mackey is a former vice commander of the 442d FW and former 442d Operations Group commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. James F. Mackey, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, addresses the audience during a promotion ceremony for the 442d Fighter Wing commander at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Mackey is a former vice commander of the 442d FW and former 442d Operations Group commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

The 442d Fighter Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen's wife and son pin on his new rank during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen commands approximately 1,300 Air Force reservists and 24 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft at Whiteman AFB and the 476th Fighter Group, a geographically separated unit located at Moody AFB, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

The 442d Fighter Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen's wife and son pin on his new rank during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen commands approximately 1,300 Air Force reservists and 24 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft at Whiteman AFB and the 476th Fighter Group, a geographically separated unit located at Moody AFB, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the 442d Fighter Wing Commander, and his family pose for a photo during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen has over 3,900 flying hours and has supported multiple operations including Deny Flight, Enduring Freedom and Northern Watch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the 442d Fighter Wing Commander, and his family pose for a photo during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen has over 3,900 flying hours and has supported multiple operations including Deny Flight, Enduring Freedom and Northern Watch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the commander of the 442d Fighter Wing, takes the oath of office during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen has earned numerous medals and awards for his achievements, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the commander of the 442d Fighter Wing, takes the oath of office during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen has earned numerous medals and awards for his achievements, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. James F. Mackey, the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., congratulates Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the 442d Fighter Wing Commander, during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen met Mackey while he was a cadet at Kansas State University in the early 1990s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. James F. Mackey, the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., congratulates Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the 442d Fighter Wing Commander, during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen met Mackey while he was a cadet at Kansas State University in the early 1990s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the 442d Fighter Wing Commander, addess the audience during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen is a command pilot with more than 3,900 combined hours in the A-10 and T-38. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

Brig. Gen. Brian Borgen, the 442d Fighter Wing Commander, addess the audience during his promotion ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2017. Borgen is a command pilot with more than 3,900 combined hours in the A-10 and T-38. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Family, friends and service members gathered to celebrate with Brig. Gen. Brian K. Borgen, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, during his promotion ceremony May 6 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

Borgen began his military career in 1990 when he commissioned into the Air Force and completed his undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona.

The presiding officer was Brig. Gen. James F. Mackey, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Both officers have intermittently worked together since Borgen was a cadet at Kansas State University.

“He’s a team builder,” said Mackey about Borgen’s leadership abilities. “He finds great people, gives them direction, lets them work and then he takes care of them on the back side of that.”

“All the people that are in this room are the reason I get to wear this rank,” said Borgen. “This is not my rank. You earned it, and I get to wear it.”

With nearly 1,000 wing members amongst the crowd, Borgen pledged to facilitate the mission to the best of his ability and continue to be a better officer and leader.