YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio --
Lt. Col. Joseph C. Winchester assumed command of the 910th Maintenance Group during an assumption of command ceremony held in Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s community activity center, Sept. 12, 2020.
Officiated by Col. Joe Janik, the commander of the 910th Airlift Wing, the 910 MXG’s guidon was transferred to Winchester symbolizing his assumption of command.
“We’re very fortunate to have someone like Col. Joe Winchester on the 910th team,” said Janik. “He brings a wealth of experience to us, starting off in the maintenance world, a young man, as a crew chief. He has a deep love for our maintenance folks. He went into the intel world. He’s been at higher headquarters at the Pentagon and Air Force Reserve Command. More recently has was at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base as the deputy maintenance group commander. Then, (he) was able to expand his breadth of experience and knowledge as the interim mission support group commander there. He brings all that great experience to the 910th to help us get better. Always improving our unit, that’s what we’re striving for.”
The assumption of command is a military tradition deeply rooted in history, dating back to the time of Roman Legions. At that time, militaries developed flags unique to the organization with specialized colors and designs. When soldiers followed their leader into battle, they kept sight of the flag, if the banner still waived after the conflict it was a sign that their side did not taste defeat on the field of battle.
Modern assumption of command ceremonies honor this history and tradition with a ceremonial passing of the guidon to the new commander, who, traditionally in front of his Airmen and fellow commanders, says… “Sir/ma'am, I assume command."
Though few of his Reserve Citizen Airmen were in the audience as to abide by physical distancing guidance, Winchester still expressed his gratitude and admiration.
“I’m so honored and humbled to become your group commander at such a critical time in this unit's history,” said Winchester. “I’ve been so impressed with the work ethic and professionalism I’ve seen in my short time here. You’ve shown that you are ready and willing to support the Wing’s mission, and although we have a lot of hard work ahead, I know you will continue to perform like true professionals and continue to excel.”
The 910th MXG provides logistical maintenance capability to accomplish taskings assigned to the 910th AW. The 910th MXG supports eight assigned C-130H Hercules aircraft, provides oversight of fleet health and associated equipment and ensures training and readiness of personnel for worldwide deployment.
The ceremony abided by all of the Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines.