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460th SW receives new commander

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, gives his final remarks at the conclusion of the 460th SW Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wagner became the commander of the 460th SW after service for two years as the 614th Air and Space Operations Center Commander and Joint Space Operations Center director in Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, gives his final remarks at the conclusion of the 460th SW Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wagner became the commander of the 460th SW after service for two years as the 614th Air and Space Operations Center Commander and Joint Space Operations Center director in Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright salutes 460th Operations Group after the unit inspection during the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright salutes 460th Operations Group after the unit inspection during the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander, left, provides the opening remarks during the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander, left, provides the opening remarks during the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright provides his final remarks before he relinquishes command of the 460th Space Wing during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wright served as the commander of the 460th SW since June 2013, where he lead the base through challenging fiscal times, several deaths, and began several actions to localize medical services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright provides his final remarks before he relinquishes command of the 460th Space Wing during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wright served as the commander of the 460th SW since June 2013, where he lead the base through challenging fiscal times, several deaths, and began several actions to localize medical services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright, right, relinquishes his command of the 460th Space Wing to Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander, left, during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wright served as the commander of the 460th Space wing since June 2013, where he lead the base through challenging fiscal times, several deaths, and began several actions to localize medical services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Dan Wright, right, relinquishes his command of the 460th Space Wing to Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander, left, during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wright served as the commander of the 460th Space wing since June 2013, where he lead the base through challenging fiscal times, several deaths, and began several actions to localize medical services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Members of the 460th Space Wing stand at ease during the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Members of the 460th Space Wing stand at ease during the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Craig S. Hall, 460th Space Wing command chief, stands with the unit guidon during the 460 SW Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Craig S. Hall, 460th Space Wing command chief, stands with the unit guidon during the 460 SW Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

The official party salutes the flag during the opening of the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

The official party salutes the flag during the opening of the 460th Space Wing Change of Command Ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This event signals Col. John Wagner, 460 SW commander, assumption of command from Col. Dan Wright. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, right, accepts command of the 460th SW from Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander, left, during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wagner became the commander of the 460th SW after service for two years as the 614th Air and Space Operations Center Commander and Joint Space Operations Center director in Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, right, accepts command of the 460th SW from Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander, left, during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Wagner became the commander of the 460th SW after service for two years as the 614th Air and Space Operations Center Commander and Joint Space Operations Center director in Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

From left; Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander; Chief Master Sgt. Craig S. Hall, 460th Space Wing command chief, Col. John Wagner, 460th SW commander; and Col. Dan Wright stand together during the presentation of Wagner as the new commander of the 460th Space Wing during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This event signals Wagner’s assumption of command from Wright, who assumed command June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)
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From left; Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) commander; Chief Master Sgt. Craig S. Hall, 460th Space Wing command chief, Col. John Wagner, 460th SW commander; and Col. Dan Wright stand together during the presentation of Wagner as the new commander of the 460th Space Wing during the change of command ceremony June 12, 2014, at the all-purpose field on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. This event signals Wagner’s assumption of command from Wright, who assumed command June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, assumed command of the 460th SW from Col. Dan Wright, who served as the commander since June 2013, during a change of command ceremony June 12 on base.

During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, officially passed the wing's guidon from Wright to Wagner, symbolizing the transition of leadership.

In his speech, Raymond underscored his trust in both men as Air Force leaders.

"These are two of the very best leaders and commanders our Air Force has to offer," Raymond said. "And I'm proud to serve with both of them."

After a busy year of command including budget cuts, sequestration, civilian furloughs and deaths within the wing, Wright expressed his appreciation for the Airmen of the 460th.

"To the men and women of the 460th, to the Panthers," Wright said, "You make this wing run, this wing is successful because of you, and we have accomplished a lot together."

Wagner, who previously commanded the 614th Air and Space Operations Center and served as director of the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, California, pledged his dedication to 460th SW members and to Buckley.

"I am truly humbled to lead this world class team of professional Airmen," Wagner said. "You have my unwavering support and commitment to give you nothing less than my very best."

"Custom built" to lead this base, according to Raymond, Wagner is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and has served in a variety of space operations, acquisition and staff assignments associated with weather, missile warning and intelligence systems.

In closing, Wagner stressed the importance of the 460th SW's mission in support of the nation's defense.

"Because the panthers never sleep and we are always on watch, our nation will never be surprised by an enemy missile attack," Wagner said.
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