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Lt. Col. Tyson John assumes command of the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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  • By Airman 1st Class Chris Corso
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Tyson John assumed command of the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony held in Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s maintenance heritage room, March 6, 2021.

The ceremony was officiated by Lt. Col. Joseph Winchester, commander of the 910th Maintenance Group, who transferred the 910th AMXS guidon (unit flag) to John, symbolizing his assumption of command.

“I am definitely humbled and excited to lead the men and women of the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,” said John. “The team of over 130 fantastic Airmen and I look forward to the unique challenges we are going to be facing in the next year.”

The assumption of command is a military tradition deeply rooted in history, dating back to the time of Roman legions. Militaries developed flags unique to the organization with specialized colors and emblems. When soldiers followed their leader into battle, they kept sight of the flag. If the banner still waved after the conflict, it was a sign that their side did not taste defeat on the field of battle.

The tradition of passing the guidon continues today in a ceremonious capacity, serving to represent the transition of power to the next squadron commander, symbolizing their acceptance of leadership.

The 910th AMXS is responsible for flightline equipment and on-board equipment maintenance for the 910th Airlift Wing’s C-130H Hercules aircraft to ensure operational training and command-directed missions are met. The 910th AMXS provides sortie generation and essential personnel to support local, national and global contingencies while maintaining highly effective aircraft through performance, safety and training.

“…I look forward to this journey with you guys,” said John. “ It’ll be a heck of a ride, that’s for sure, these next couple of years. The modification, the deployment and who knows what’s going to happen after that. They will be met head-on by the men and women of the 910th, and whatever I can do to succeed, that is what I’m here for.