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Crosier relinquishes command

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Col. Trent Pickering, incoming 460th Space Wing commander, renders a salute to the  outgoing commander, Col. Clint Crosier (not shown), at a  relinquishment of command ceremony April 25, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Col. Trent Pickering, incoming 460th Space Wing commander, renders a salute to the outgoing commander, Col. Clint Crosier (not shown), at a relinquishment of command ceremony April 25, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- 14th Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, presents  the Legion of Merit to 460th Space Wing Commander, Col. Clint Crosier, April 25, 2011. Col. Crosier relinquished his command at Buckley Fitness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- 14th Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, presents the Legion of Merit to 460th Space Wing Commander, Col. Clint Crosier, April 25, 2011. Col. Crosier relinquished his command at Buckley Fitness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- 460th Space Wing Commander, Col. Clint Crosier, passes the Air Force flag to the 14th Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, during his reliquishment of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center April 25, 2011. Col. Trent Pickering, will take his place as base commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- 460th Space Wing Commander, Col. Clint Crosier, passes the Air Force flag to the 14th Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, during his reliquishment of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center April 25, 2011. Col. Trent Pickering, will take his place as base commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo- -- Col. Clinton E. Crosier, commander of the 460th Space Wing, relinquished command at a ceremony held at team Buckley's base fitness center on April 25, 2011..
Col. Trent Pickering, vice commander of the 460th Space Wing, will continue to serve as the commander until Col. Daniel Dant, currently director of Space Policy Engagement, Office of the Secretary of Defense arrives in mid July to assume command.
Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, commander of 14th Air Force, presided over the ceremony. She congratulated the 460th Space Wing as well as Colonel Crosier for the amount of success Team Buckley has generated over the past couple of years.
"I want to give a special thanks to the men and woman at Buckley Air Force Base. Your tireless dedication in this time of war has a direct an invaluable impact on those in harm's way," said General Helms. "Team Buckley provides the blanket of freedom for all of us who serve this great nation, both here and abroad. And what you do, as we all know, truly matters."
"Under Colonel Crosier's command, the last two years at Buckley Air Force Base has been one of great progress on a number of fronts," said General Helms.
Colonel Crosier went on to relinquish command, but not without paying homage first for the opportunities given to him as well.
"I thank you for your trust in my leadership and command in the 460th Space Wing," said Colonel Crosier to General Helms. "And your trust to allow me to deploy to the Middle East, to serve as director of space forces, the senior space officer in the desert.
Colonel Crosier continued to thank all members of Team Buckley as well as distinguished guests, along with family members and friends.
During his extensive career Colonel Crosier has accomplished many things.
Colonel Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988, after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. His experience in space operations includes satellite command and control, missile operations, space launch, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Colonel Crosier has served in staff assignments in the U.S. Senate, on the Secretary of the Air Force's Action Group, Headquarters Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to his assignment here Colonel Crosier was the Deputy Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He has commanded at the squadron and group levels.

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