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Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, Air Reserve Personnel Center command chief, Col. Patricia S. Blassie, outgoing commander, and Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., ARPC commander prepare for the change of command ceremony held Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. General Flournoy, who was the 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Travis AFB, Calif., before assuming command of ARPC, assumed command of the center from colonel Blassie, who left the center to serve at the Air Force Reserve Command as the chief of the Professional Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett)

From left to right, Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, Air Force Reserve chief and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command; Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, Air Reserve Personnel Center command chief; Col. Patricia S. Blassie, outgoing ARPC commander; and Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., incoming ARPC commander, prepare for the ARPC change-of-command ceremony Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Flournoy, former 349th Air Mobility Wing commander at Travis AFB, Calif., assumed command of ARPC from Blassie, who left the center to serve as the AFRC Professional Development Center chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, receives a salute from outgoing Air Reserve Personnel Center commander, Col. Patricia S. Blassie, as Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, ARPC command chief, looks on during a change of command ceremony held Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Colonel Blassie will serve at the Air Force Reserve Command as the chief of the Professional Development Center. Incoming commander, Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., assumed command of the center. General Flournoy was the 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Travis AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett)

Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, Air Force Reserve chief and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, left, receives a salute from outgoing Air Reserve Personnel Center Commander Col. Patricia S. Blassie as Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, ARPC command chief, looks on during a change-of-command ceremony Jan. 25, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Blassie will serve at the AFRC as the Professional Development Center chief. Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr. assumed command of the center. Flournoy was the 349th Air Mobility Wing commander at Travis AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, takes the Air Reserve Personnel Center guidon from Col. Patricia S. Blassie, outgoing ARPC commander, as Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, ARPC command chief, looks on during a change of command ceremony held Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Blassie will serve at the Air Force Reserve Command as the chief of the Professional Development Center. Incoming ARPC commander, Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr, who was the 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Travis AFB, Calif., assumed command of the center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett)

Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, Air Force Reserve chief and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, left, takes the Air Reserve Personnel Center guidon from Col. Patricia S. Blassie, outgoing ARPC commander, as Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, ARPC command chief, looks on during a change-of-command ceremony Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Blassie will serve at the AFRC as the chief of the Professional Development Center. Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., former 349th Air Mobility Wing commander at Travis AFB, Calif., assumed command of the center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, passes the Air Reserve Personnel Center guidon to Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., incoming ARPC commander, during a change of command ceremony held Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. General Flournoy was the 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Travis AFB, Calif., before assuming command of ARPC. Outgoing commander, Col. Patricia S. Blassie, relinquished command of the center to serve at the Air Force Reserve Command as the chief of the Professional Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett)

Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, Air Force Reserve chief and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, left, passes the Air Reserve Personnel Center guidon to Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., incoming ARPC commander, during a change-of-command ceremony Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Flournoy was the 349th Air Mobility Wing commander at Travis AFB, Calif., before assuming command of ARPC. Col. Patricia S. Blassie relinquished command of the center to serve at the AFRC as the Professional Development Center chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., Air Reserve Personnel Center commander, addresses the audience during the ARPC change of command ceremony held Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command. Flournoy, who was the 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Travis AFB, Calif., assumed command from outgoing ARPC commander, Col. Patricia S. Blassie, who left the center to serve at the Air Force Reserve Command as the chief of the Professional Development Center ARPC commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett)

Air Reserve Personnel Center Commander Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr. addresses the audience during the ARPC change-of-command ceremony held Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, Air Force Reserve chief and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command. Flournoy, former 349th Air Mobility Wing commander at Travis AFB, Calif., assumed command from Col. Patricia S. Blassie who left the center to serve at the AFRC as the of the Professional Development Center chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Col. Patricia S. Blassie, outgoing Air Reserve Personnel Center commander, hands the Buckley Air Force Base spirit stick to Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, Air Reserve Personnel Center command chief, during the ARPC change of command ceremony held Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett)

Col. Patricia S. Blassie, outgoing Air Reserve Personnel Center commander, hands the Buckley Air Force Base spirit stick to Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, ARPC command chief, during the ARPC change-of-command ceremony Jan. 25, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr. became commander of the Air Reserve Personnel Center in a change-of-command ceremony Jan. 25.

Flournoy became the 32nd commander of the ARPC when he assumed command from Col. Patricia S. Blassie in a ceremony officiated by Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, Air Force Reserve chief and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command.

"Colonel Blassie, you experienced a lot of change during your tenure as commander -- from a physical move to Buckley AFB to huge leaps in the modernization of ARPC," Jackson said. "Thank you for your leadership and dedication to ARPC and the incredible service you and ARPC provide for our Citizen Airmen."

Flournoy is the former 349th Air Mobility Wing commander, Travis AFB, Calif. Blassie is moving to Robins AFB, Ga., to become the Professional Development Center chief.

"Thank you, General Jackson, for the opportunity to lead such an incredibly accomplished organization," Flournoy said. "Team ARPC, thank you for your seamless service to all of our Airmen. I am honored to be your commander and stand with you: wingmen, leaders, warriors."

"To the men and women of ARPC: No matter what we faced, we stood strong together to accomplish our unique mission," Blassie said. "You are a magnificent team of professionals. The people who serve the people who serve. I am so tremendously proud to have served as your commander."

ARPC is responsible for personnel support to nearly one million Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and retired members, ensuring they are ready to deliver strategic total force warfighting capability for the Air Force. From initial entry to retirement, the center provides world-class support for "generations of Airmen" throughout their military careers. The center is a major command direct reporting unit of Air Force Reserve Command.
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