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50th OSS welcomes new commander

Col. Stanford Kekauoha, 50th Operations Group commander, hands the squadron guide-on to Lt. Col. Theresa Malasavage, the new 50th Operations Support Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony held in front of the DeKok Building June 4.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. Stanford Kekauoha, 50th Operations Group commander, hands the squadron guide-on to Lt. Col. Theresa Malasavage, the new 50th Operations Support Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony held in front of the DeKok Building June 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

By Senior Airman Erica Picariello

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The 50th Operations Support Squadron here welcomed a new commander outside of building 210 June 4, while bidding farewell to the person who led them for the last two years.

Lt. Col. Theresa Malasavage succeeds Col. Harold Martin, who has been assigned as the director of Military Satellite Communications, Positioning, Navigation and Timing at Peterson AFB, Colo.

Col. Standford Kekauoha, 50th Operations Group commander, passed the squadron guide-on to Lt. Col. Theresa Malasavage, symbolizing the transfer of command responsibility and accountability.

“Colonel Malasavage comes to us with a wealth of experience,” Colonel Kekauoha boomed to the crowd. “There are great challenges ahead but she is the right person and this is the right time for her to take charge.”

An audience of over 75 people, as well as a flight from the 50th OSS, looked on as the newly-stated commander spoke to her squadron for the first time and received her first salute.

“I am very excited to serve the men and women of the 50th OSS,” said Colonel Malasavage. “Take pride and don’t hold back. Through it all, keep focus on the capabilities that we provide to the warfighter. Together we’ll maintain the standard that the 50th OSS is known for.”

As 50th OSS commander, Colonel Malasavage will be responsible for managing and conducting training programs, ensuring combat readiness of a 530-person crew force that operates more than 50 satellites, implementing the wing’s space weapons and tactics program, overseeing space modernization and upgrades for operations and providing intelligence support to the 50th Space Wing.

Colonel Malasavage is a 1995 graduate of Wilkes University, Penn. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and has held many positions in AFSPC to include space and missile operator, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile operations crew, evaluator, instructor, space operations crew, analyst and staff.

Her decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Force Commendation medals.

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