By Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Col. Edward Baron assumed command of the 50th Mission Support Group during a ceremony here Feb. 24.
The assumption-of-command ceremony, held to emphasize the authority and responsibility of the incoming commander, began with the National Anthem and prayer for the new commander, his family and troops as they take on new challenges together.
Col. Cary Chun, 50th Space Wing commander and presiding official, welcomed the men and women of Schriever, guests, the Baron family and incoming commander to the 50th SW.
“Today we welcome a great leader to the 50th Space Wing, Col. Ed Baron,” Colonel Chun said. “Commanding the 50th MSG is a challenge. He knows what’s needed to get the job done.”
Colonel Chun also offered his thanks to Lt. Col. Paul Scholl for taking on responsibility as the 50th MSG interim commander.
The assumption of command officially transferred responsibility of the 50th MSG to Colonel Baron as he received the guidon from Colonel Chun, an item once used by military leaders as they led their troops into battle so Soldiers could keep sight of their flag.
After taking command, Colonel Baron thanked the people of Schriever, guests, his family and Colonel Chun for his trust and the opportunity to lead. He continued by noting the strong mission focus the base has had for the last 20 years. He pointed out how he will continue the mission with attention on military families.
“Take care of yourself, your family and take quality time [with them],” said Colonel Baron.
The new commander pointed out the importance of taking care of our families because they support us as we do our mission.
“I’m confident Colonel Baron will carry the torch forward,” said Colonel Chun. “He’s absolutely the right leader at the right time for the 50th MSG.”
Colonel Baron came to the 50th SW from the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif. As group commander, Colonel Baron is responsible for providing security, civil engineering, fire protection, medical response, personnel and force support to thousands of Schriever personnel.