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Miller assumes command of the 460th Space Wing

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, assigns command of the 460th Space Wing to Col. David N. Miller Jr., 460th SW commander, through the symbolic passing of the guidon during a ceremony August 12, 2016, at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The guidon is a source of pride for the wing and its exchange symbolizes the end of an era as well as the beginning of a new one. Before assuming command of the 460th SW, Miller served as the senior advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, assigns command of the 460th Space Wing to Col. David N. Miller Jr., 460th SW commander, through the symbolic passing of the guidon during a ceremony August 12, 2016, at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The guidon is a source of pride for the wing and its exchange symbolizes the end of an era as well as the beginning of a new one. Before assuming command of the 460th SW, Miller served as the senior advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Join Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command speaks August 12, 2016, during the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley AFB defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Join Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command speaks August 12, 2016, during the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley AFB defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released)

Col. Scott Romberger, 460th Space Wing vice commander, presents the wing August 12, 2016, during the wing’s change of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley AFB defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released)

Col. Scott Romberger, 460th Space Wing vice commander, presents the wing August 12, 2016, during the wing’s change of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley AFB defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released)

Members of the 460th Space Wing salute during the wing’s change of command ceremony August 12, 2016, at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley AFB defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Members of the 460th Space Wing salute during the wing’s change of command ceremony August 12, 2016, at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley AFB defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Mile High Honor Guard presents the colors during the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony August 12, 2016, at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The change of command ceremony represents the formal passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one officer to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Mile High Honor Guard presents the colors during the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony August 12, 2016, at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The change of command ceremony represents the formal passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one officer to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Col. John Wagner, outgoing 460th Space Wing commander, bids farewell to Col. Scott Romberger, 460th Space Wing vice commander, during the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The change of command ceremony represents the formal passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one officer to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Holden S. Faul/Released)

Col. John Wagner, outgoing 460th Space Wing commander, bids farewell to Col. Scott Romberger, 460th Space Wing vice commander, during the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony at the Buckley Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The change of command ceremony represents the formal passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one officer to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Holden S. Faul/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE, Colo. -- Col. David N. Miller Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, assumed command of the 460th Space Wing from Col. John Wagner, who served as the commander since June 2014, during a change of command ceremony Aug. 12 on base.

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, was the presiding officer for the ceremony.

Buck passed the wing's guidon from Wagner to Miller, signifying the change of Buckley AFB's top leader. During his speech at the ceremony, Buck expressed his tremendous support and respect for each commander.

“You took the 460th Space Wing to a new level of excellence," said Buck to Wagner. “As I've said before, you've often told me this was the most rewarding two years of your career. In my perspective, and everyone else's perspective, you absolutely crushed it."

He then addressed the new commander.

"You are the perfect leader to take command over the 460th Space Wing," said Buck, speaking to Miller. "I've said this before, I simply don't hire commanders unless I have 100 percent confidence in them. So trust me when I say, Col. David Miller has my utmost confidence."

Before transitioning his leadership to Miller, Wagner expressed both his wife's and his personal appreciation for the 460th SW.

"We're humble to have served 26 months with some of the most amazing people we've ever met," said Wagner. "I appreciate the positive, professional and absolutely outstanding Airmen and their families who serve in this wing, both those standing here today and those who couldn't be with us; they're manning the watch for our nation and our allies."

Prior to his arrival at Buckley AFB, Miller was the senior advisor to the Prime Minister's Office and the Iraqi Ministry of Interior at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he advised senior leaders on strategy for the security and defense of the region.

After assuming command, Miller took the podium to address the wing for the first time.

"I've been thoroughly impressed with everything I've seen," said Miller. "You are without a doubt the finest Airmen in the world, and the greatest Air Force in the world. I thank you for your service, and I look forward to working with you and for you."
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