Col. Bagnani new Vice Wing commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report

Colonel Valentino Bagnani III assumed duties as vice wing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing June 30.
He replaces retiring Col. Jeffrey Harrell who retired June 30.
Colonel Bagnani arrives from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he served as the deputy commander of the 56th Operations Group. He provided leadership and direction for more than 500 personnel and maintained instructor pilot currency in all phases of combat training for F-16 pilots.
Additionally. he directed all F-16 operations for 260 active and reserve instructor instructor pilots and 208 active and reserve F-16s to ensure combat readiness.
Col. Bagnani earned his commission following graduation from California State university in 1984 and is a veteran of Operations DESERT SHIELD, STORM and NOBLE EAGLE and has more than 3,400 flying hours.