After nearly five years of serving as director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, Brigadier General William Shawver is stepping down to take a job in the private sector.
His last day in his BHS role is Friday, July 27.
Shawver, a 37-year veteran of the Air Force and the Idaho Air National Guard, has concurrently served as Assistant Adjutant General, Air, and Commander, Idaho Air National Guard since 2010. He will remain in his command role, serving as a traditional Air National Guard member.
Idaho Adjutant General Major General Gary Sayler has appointed Colonel William B. “Brad” Richy as Shawver’s successor in the role of Idaho BHS director, leading the bureau’s 65 personnel.
The 54-year-old Richy currently serves as commander, 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard. He began his military career in 1977 and joined the Idaho Air National Guard in 1988. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and is a recipient of the Bronze Star and numerous other military awards and decorations.
The colonel is a command pilot with over 8,000 flying hours. He has flown 15 types of civilian and military aircraft, most notably the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the Boeing 747, which he flew in his civilian career as a pilot for United Parcel Service.
Richey’s first day on the job with Idaho BHS will be Monday.