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Richy moves to BHS, Nolan named next wing commander

GOWEN FIELD, Boise, Idaho -- After nearly five years of serving as director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, Brigadier General William Shawver is stepping down to take a job in the private sector. His last day in his BHS role is Friday, July 27.

Shawver, a 37-year veteran of the Air Force and the Idaho Air National Guard, has concurrently served as Assistant Adjutant General, Air, and Commander, Idaho Air National Guard since 2010. He will remain in his command role, serving as a traditional Air National Guard member.

"It's hard to believe that almost five years has passed since I was named the director," said General Shawver. "Working with the folks in the BHS in support of local elected officials, county/tribal emergency managers, first responders, and the residents of this great State has been the highlight of my 37 years of government service. My sincere appreciation to Governor Otter and Major General Sayler for this awesome opportunity to serve with the finest Idaho has to offer."

Idaho Adjutant General Major General Gary Sayler has appointed Colonel William B. "Brad" Richy as Shawver's successor in the role of Idaho BHS director, leading the bureau's 65 personnel. Richy, 54, currently serves as commander, 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard. He began his military career in 1977 and joined the Idaho Air National Guard in 1988. He holds a master's degree in business administration and is a recipient of the Bronze Star and numerous other military awards and decorations. The colonel is a command pilot with over 8,000 flying hours. He has flown 15 types of civilian and military aircraft, most notably the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the Boeing 747, which he flew in his civilian career as a pilot for United Parcel Service. His first day on the job with Idaho BHS will be Monday, July 23.

"I look forward to this great opportunity to serve the State of Idaho in a crucial role," said Richy. "The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security will continue its solid legacy of service in emergency management, and I will work diligently to uphold the outstanding working relationships General Shawver has cemented with first responders and elected leaders around the state."

Replacing Colonel Richy is current Idaho Air National Guard director of staff Col. Michael Nolan.  Nolan has served in the Idaho Air National Guard since 1992 and has held several leadership positions in the 124th, including commander of both the Air Support Operations Squadron and the 190th Fighter Squadron.  Prior to serving at the headquarters level, Colonel Nolan was the operations group commander.

A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for August UTA.