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Maintenance squadron welcomes new commander

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  • By 1st Lt Amanda Ling
  • 920th Rescue Wing

The 920th Maintenance Squadron held an assumption of command ceremony here, Feb. 20.

Formerly a 920th Rescue Wing Logistics Officer, the new 920th Maintenance Squadron Commander explained how becoming a maintenance officer had become the best decision of her career.

“This squadron has supported a plethora of deployments for the HH-60’s and HC-130’s and played a pivotal role in the HC-130 conversion,” the 920th MXS commander said. “Your continued excellence is important, now more than ever.

The 920th Maintenance Squadron is the largest squadron within the maintenance group. It provides back of-house maintenance support for both the HH-60 helicopters and the HC-130J Combat King II, both with their own challenges. Fabrication, aerospace ground equipment, avionics, emissions, structural repair, HH-60 phase and HC-130 isoprep inspection, are among the many tasks the squadron is responsible for. Each item plays a critical role in aircraft safety for our operations customers and executing the wing’s mission.

 “The squadron is the beating heart of the wing,” the 920th Maintenance Group Commander said to the incoming squadron commander. “Its members will take on the priorities of their leader. You are a multi-service, multi-disciplinary, multi-function Airman. I couldn’t think of anyone better for this job.”

The assumption of command is a military tradition that formally signifies the transfer of responsibility from one commanding officer to another, symbolized through the passing of a guidon.  

“Your knowledge and diverse expertise is what this wing needs in combatting our adversaries,” the 920th MXS commander said. “I look forward to this squadron leading that charge.”

Based at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida, the 920th Rescue Wing is the only Air Force Reserve Command wing that trains and equips Airmen to plan, lead and conduct military rescue operations and missions to deny competitors and adversaries exploitation of isolated personnel.