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Kelley assumes command of 910th Medical Squadron

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Col. Colleen E. Kelley assumed command of the 910th Medical Squadron (MDS) June 8, 2019, here. Col. Joe Janik, 910th Airlift Wing (AW) commander, presided over the ceremony and transferred the guidon, a customized flag representing the unit, to Kelley to symbolize the official assumption of command.

Janik introduced Kelley as an experienced, well-regarded and honed leader who has been instrumental in process improvements within the medical community in the Air Force Reserve Command.

“We are fortunate to have her on our team,” said Janik. “We are fortunate to have a rock star.”

During Kelley’s opening statements to her new squadron, she shared a story of a young Pararescueman who admits to being nervous on rescue missions to a team member. The team member responds, “You always should be.” The anecdote goes on to illustrate that being nervous for the well-being of others is noble and ensures the individual is diligent in their duties. Kelley challenged the 910th MDS to relate and apply that moral to their daily practices.  

Kelley said nervousness on behalf of others shows Reserve Citizen Airmen are truly devoted, honorable and brave and an inspiration for others to speak up and to lead on their own.

“If we put these qualities together, we will become an unstoppable team on behalf of the Air Force mission,” said Kelley. “Let’s do this together.”

Kelley commanded Joint Base Andrews’ 459th Aerospace Medicine Squadron for more than two years before coming to the 910th AW.