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Colonel Brent McManis was promoted to Colonel and assumed command of the 145th Combat Operations Group of the North Carolina Air National Guard, on Aug. 4, 2012.
Col. McManis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ken McManis, formerly of Campbellsburg, Ky.; the grandson of the late Mrs. Erby McManis Bryant; and the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Watkins of Carrollton.
Col. McManis was commissioned in the Air Force in May 1986 through the ROTC program at Virginia Military Institute. Following two years of graduate school at Clemson University, he entered active military service at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio.
Prior to taking command of the 145th COG, Col McManis commanded th 236th Combat Communications Squadron in the North Carolina Air National Guard.
He was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and holds the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Accommodation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.
In civilian life Col. McManis is employed as an electrical engineering manager with the Baldor Electric Corp. located in Greenville S.C.
He lives in Greenwood, S.C. with his wife Ginny and two sons, Matthew and John.