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50 SW changes command

Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, 14th Air Force commander, and Col. Wayne Monteith, outgoing 50th Space Wing commander, congratulate his successor, Col. James Ross during the change of command ceremony held here Aug. 5. (U.S. Air Force photos/Dennis Rogers)

By Jessica Hunstiger

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The 50th Space Wing welcomed new leadership during a change-of-command ceremony held here Aug. 5 at 9 a.m.

Col. James Ross took over the wing’s reigns from previous commander, Col. Wayne Monteith.

“It was an honor to serve as commander of this wing. I enjoyed every day I was able to serve with the great men and women of the 50th Space Wing. As I leave, I know the wing will continue to do great things. I leave you in good hands! To Colonel Ross, time flies quickly when you’re in command so enjoy every minute,” said Monteith.

Ross returns to Schriever after serving as vice commander of the 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. His previous assignments also include the following Schriever units: the 3rd Satellite Control Squadron, 3rd Space Operations Squadron and the 50th Operations Support Squadron.

“It is great to be back in the Colorado Springs area,” said Ross. “This is such a strong community that provides great support to its military.”

Prior to assuming command, Ross served in a variety of leadership positions within the space operations, flight test, engineering, and acquisition disciplines, and has served in key positions at Air Staff and Joint Staff levels. He has commanded at the detachment, squadron and group levels.

As commander of the 50th Space Wing, Ross is responsible for more than 5,800 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 12 operating locations worldwide, in support of more than 170 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion.

“The 50th Space Wing provides critical capabilities to combatant commanders around the world to include global communications, navigation, precision timing, weather and space surveillance,” said Ross. “It is an honor to lead a wing that has such an impact not only in current operations but also in civilian life every day.”

After two years in command here, Monteith heads to the Pentagon, Washington D.C. to serve as the new vice director, Department of Defense Executive Agent for Space Staff.

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