By Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
A change of command is a military tradition representing a unit’s transfer of responsibility from one commander to another. 2015 brought a world of change to Schriever Air Force Base’s leadership.
Not only did the 50th Space Wing welcome a new commander, but the installation also hosted 18 other change of command ceremonies.
In May, Col. DeAnna M. Burt took command of the wing. Shortly before, in April, Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna joined Team Schriever as the wing’s new command chief.
February kicked off the year of change when Lt. Col. Zachary Owen assumed command of the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron.
The 11th Space Warning Squadron held its change of command ceremony in June as Lt. Col. Thomas Colvin relinquished command to Lt. Col. Brent Morris. Maj. LaToya Smith took command of the 50th Comptroller Squadron June 26. On June 30, the 22nd Space Operations Squadron welcomed Lt. Col. Terrill McCall as its new commander. Also in June, the 17th Training Squadron welcomed Lt. Col. David Morrow as its commander and Capt. Theodore Givler accepted command of the 23rd Space Operations Squadron Det. 1.
The 21st Space Operations Squadron arguably saw the most change in 2015 as the squadron and all three of its detachments held change of command ceremonies. Maj. Nathan Markley assumed command of 21 SOPS Det. 1, located in Diego Garcia, on June 9. Det. 2, located in Guam, welcomed Maj. Christopher Butler as its new commander June 12, and Maj. Robert Shumaker took command for Det. 3, located at satellite control station HULA in Kaena Point, Hawaii. In July, Lt. Col. Phillip Verroco accepted command of the 21st Space Operations Squadron, a geographically separated unit, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Also in July, the 50th Mission Support Group welcomed Col. Jason Janaros as its new commander, and Maj. Merrell Mobley took command of the 50th Force Support Squadron. Lt. Col. Casey Beard took command of the 1st Space Operations Squadron July 9, the 4th Space Operations Squadron welcomed Lt. Col. Sherman Johns and Lt. Col. Marty Easter took command of the 23rd Space Operations Squadron located in New Boston, New Hampshire.
In September, the 50th Operations Support Squadron welcomed Lt. Col. Timothy Purcell, and 17 TS Det. 2 welcomed Maj. Tommy Rockwood.
Lastly, in October, the Air Force Technical Applications Center Detachment 46 welcomed Maj. William Dalton as its commander.
As we enter 2016, we look forward to continuing to learn from our new leaders and are excited to see all that Team Schriever will accomplish.