TUPPER LAKE - Tupper Lake resident Col. Timothy LaBarge, a 27-year veteran of the United States Air Force and the New York Air National Guard, with over 5,000 hours of flight time, has been tapped to become the commander of the 109th Airlift Wing.
LaBarge, a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, is currently serving as the Wing Vice Commander. He joined the New York Air National Guard in 1992. He has flown the giant C-5 Galaxy, the C-103 Hercules and the ski-equipped LC-130's operated only by the 109th Airlift Wing to support missions in the Arctic and Antarctic.
The 109th Airlift Wing is headquartered at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, near Schenectady.
LaBarge and his wife, Petra, reside in Tupper Lake. He has two college-age daughters, Lyndsay and Emily, and a granddaughter named Tayler.