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Air Force Reserve commander, MSU professor promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:22:14 PM MST   Updated On: Nov 01 2013 04:22:19 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Air Force Reserve commander David Weide was promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel Thursday in Bozeman.

Weide commands the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 450 and is a professor of Aerospace Studies at Montana State University. He is also a senior officer of a separate unit and is responsible for administration of a college-level officer training program that ultimately determines who is commissioned in the U.S. Air Force.

Weide's family traveled from Texas to be there for the ceremony. His wife and three children helped pin on his new shoulder badges.

"It's absolutely amazing- truly a blessing to have my family come up from Texas and spend some time with me, to be able to see where I've reached in my career," Weidi explained, adding "Not really what I've done- what the Air Force has allowed me to do."

He attributed his success to the people around him. "The folks that I have worked with- many strong professionals across the Air Force- working with me, as well as the leaders who grew me and mentored me, to bring me to where I am today" he said.

Aside from the duties listed above, Lt. Col. Weidi also teaches senior-level courses on National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty.

U.S. Congressman Steve Daines spoke at the promotion, and swore Weide in to his new position.

"It was an honor to be a part of Lieutenant Colonel David Weide's promotion... and to see his children pin him," Daines said. "That's something I'll never forget."