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47th Operations Group Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Shank, former 47th Flying Training Wing commander (left), passes the 47th Operations Group guideon to Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. The passing of the guideon symbolizes the ceremonious assumption of responsibility and command from one party to another. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Shank, former 47th Flying Training Wing commander (left), passes the 47th Operations Group guideon to Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. The passing of the guideon symbolizes the ceremonious assumption of responsibility and command from one party to another. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Laughlin community members gathered to welcome U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander, during the 47th OG Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. Pekarek previously served as the joint doctrine development officer at the Joint Doctrine Analysis Division, and was a former Laughlin undergraduate pilot trainee. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Laughlin community members gathered to welcome U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander, during the 47th OG Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. Pekarek previously served as the joint doctrine development officer at the Joint Doctrine Analysis Division, and was a former Laughlin undergraduate pilot trainee. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander, speaks during the 47th OG Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. Pekarek took command after previously serving as the joint doctrine development officer at the Joint Doctrine Analysis Division. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander, speaks during the 47th OG Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. Pekarek took command after previously serving as the joint doctrine development officer at the Joint Doctrine Analysis Division. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Laughlin Air Force Base Honor Guard members present the colors during the 47th Operations Group Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. The base community gathered to welcome U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek as the new 47th OG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Laughlin Air Force Base Honor Guard members present the colors during the 47th Operations Group Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. The base community gathered to welcome U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek as the new 47th OG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander, speaks to his Airmen during the 47th OG Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. As the 47th OG commander, Pekarek will lead the flying operations at Laughlin, with more than 46,000 training sorties annually. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Pekarek, 47th Operations Group commander, speaks to his Airmen during the 47th OG Assumption of Command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., June 22, 2017. As the 47th OG commander, Pekarek will lead the flying operations at Laughlin, with more than 46,000 training sorties annually. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

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