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ANGRC commander receives second star

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The commander of the Air National Guard Readiness Center was promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony January 3.

Brig. Gen. Michael R. Taheri was promoted by Chief, National Guard Bureau, Gen. Joseph P. Lengyel as he prepares to take on the position of the ANG's director of Strategic Plans and Policy.

"I'm really proud of Mike Taheri," said Lengyel. "I'm really proud that he's going to come work for me and be an outstanding strategic leader for the National Guard. I think the Readiness Center here has become better, stronger and more adaptable, and he has done an awful lot to make that happen."

Taheri gave credit for his success to the Airmen under his command.

"For all the great things that [General Lengyel] said about me, it's really all the people working here. It's them who are making this ship move every day to provide combat air power, and it's pretty impressive."

He also expressed his gratitude for the numerous mentors throughout his Air Force career, and the importance of continuing to support the next generation of Airmen.

"I hope I could provide even a small amount of what was provided to me. From all the people who have always had my back, to all of you, I don't think there's a way I could possibly pay all of that back, but that's the great opportunity I have going forward."