Maj. Gen. James Hoyer (left), state adjutant general, introduces retired Brig. Gen. James Kemp McLaughlin, first commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard. State officials are renaming the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston after McLaughlin on Saturday.
McLaughlin flew B-17 bombers in World War II before returning to West Virginia to take the helm of the new Air National Guard in 1947.
McLaughlin signs an artist's rendition of the new air base entrance for the Air National Guard's archives.
After Saturday, the 130th Airlift Wing will be known as McLaughlin West Virginia Air National Guard Base.
Gazette photo by LAWRENCE PIERCE.......'GENERALMAC1'.......8x4.87.......Press Conference renaming Air National Guard base after first commander Gen. McLaughlin.......1/8/14.......