51st MXG welcomes new commander

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Col. Michael Hammond, 51st Maintenance Group commander, accepts the group guidon from Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony Aug. 3, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
Col. Michael Hammond, 51st Maintenance Group commander, accepts the group guidon from Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony Aug. 3, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

51st MXG welcomes new commander

by: Story and photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman | .
51st Fighter Wing Public Affai | .
published: August 11, 2016
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Members of the 51st Maintenance Group welcomed their new commander during a change of command ceremony Aug. 6.
 
Col. Michael Hammond took command from Col. Victor Mora during the ceremony, which was presided over by Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander.
 
The group, comprised of four squadrons containing more than 1,300 personnel, supports the Air Force’s most permanently forward-deployed wing, a numbered Air Force and 30 tenant units.
 
“To the members of the 51st Maintenance Group: words can’t express how proud I am to be a part of this organization,” Hammond said during the ceremony. “I am already inspired by your ‘can do’ attitude and ability to tackle seemingly difficult challenges.”
 
The 51st MXG inspects and maintains many combat-ready aircraft, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt II, to ensure the 51st Fighter Wing is ready to “Fight Tonight.”
 
“We stand ready to strengthen our alliance and to maintain peace and stability in the region,” Hammond said.
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