CJTF-HOA Welcomes New 449th AEG Commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, passes the 449th AEG guidon to U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremey D. Turner, incoming 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, during a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. 435th Air Ground Operations and Air Expedtionary Wing Commander, Pass the 449th AEG Guidon to U.S. Air Force Col. During Change of Command Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, passes the 449th AEG guidon to U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremey D. Turner, incoming 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, during a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 449th AEG is assigned to U.S. Forces Africa, which conducts personnel recovery and other operations, in supporting activities to enable Air Forces Africa Command and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, presents the Legion of Merit to U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, outgoing 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, at the change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Air Force Col. Presents Legion of Merit to U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly at Change of Command Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, presents the Legion of Merit to U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, outgoing 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, at the change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 449th AEG is assigned to U.S. Forces Africa, which conducts personnel recovery and other operations, in supporting activities to enable Air Forces Africa Command and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, outgoing 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, reflects back on his time leading personnel during his tour at the 449th AEG change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Air Force Col., Outgoing 449th Commander, Reflects Back on His Time Leading Personnel at Change of Command Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, outgoing 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, reflects back on his time leading personnel during his tour at the 449th AEG change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 449th AEG is assigned to U.S. Forces Africa, which conducts personnel recovery and other operations, in supporting activities to enable Air Forces Africa Command and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremey D. Turner, 449th Air Expeditionary Group incoming commander, listen to outgoing commander, U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, speak to attendees during a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. 435th Air Ground Operations and Air Expeditionary Wing Commanders and Incoming Commander Listen to Outgoing Commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremey D. Turner, 449th Air Expeditionary Group incoming commander, listen to outgoing commander, U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, speak to attendees during a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 449th AEG is assigned to U.S. Forces Africa, which conducts personnel recovery and other operations, in supporting activities to enable Air Forces Africa Command and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, receives the 449th AEG guidon from U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, during a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. 435th Air Ground Operations and Air Expeditionary Wing Commanders Receive 449th Guidon during Change of Command Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander, receives the 449th AEG guidon from U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly S. Passmore, during a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 449th AEG is assigned to U.S. Forces Africa, which conducts personnel recovery and other operations, in supporting activities to enable Air Forces Africa Command and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

Personnel from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier welcomed U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremey Turner as he assumed command of the 449th Expeditionary Group at a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

The ceremony began with the arrival of the official party, playing of the U.S. and Djibouti national anthems, and an invocation by U.S. Navy Chaplain Lieutenant Joshua Okwori.

The mission of the Air Expeditionary Group is to provide a range of air capabilities to CJTF-HOA forces as well as provide air expertise for Air Forces Africa.

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph D. McFall, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM) commander presided over the ceremony.

“Here we are at the crossroads of four combatant commands, every service, partner allies,” said McFall. “The USAF and our nation expect and ask a lot of our 449th AEG commander; Col. Passmore has met and exceeded every one of those expectations.”

Col. McFall presented the outgoing commander the Legion of Merit. Passmore then spoke to the audience about his time as the 449th AEG commander.

“It is a privilege to team with each of you and your units as we tackle our important missions, while taking care of our Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers and Marines here in Djibouti,” said Passmore.

Following Passmore’s comments, Col. McFall presented to group’s guidon to the new commander, Col. Turner.

Turner is a command pilot with combat support and humanitarian mission experience. He brings considerable expeditionary experience and a fresh perspective to the mission, said McFall.

 “To the men and women of the 449th: we have an amazing team with multiple nations, interagency, guard, reserve and active duty all working toward the same goal,” said Turner. “We save lives, we build, protect, develop and deliver; we will continue to succeed.”

The 449th AEG is assigned to U.S. Forces Africa, which conducts personnel recovery and other operations, in supporting activities to enable Air Forces Africa Command and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity,” said Turner. “We all can and must lead, but command is a privilege; commanding combat is a gift.”

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