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145th Maintenance Group Welcomes New Commander

Members of the 145th Maintenance Group gather for an assumption of command ceremony for U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 145th Maintenance Group gather for an assumption of command ceremony for U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Marshall Collins (left), 145th Airlift Wing commander, passes the flag signifying the assumption of command of the 145th Maintenance Group to Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Marshall Collins (left), 145th Airlift Wing commander, passes the flag signifying the assumption of command of the 145th Maintenance Group to Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette, 145th Maintenance Group commander, talks about his dedication to the unit and its future during his assumption of command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette, 145th Maintenance Group commander, talks about his dedication to the unit and its future during his assumption of command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 145th Maintenance Group stand in formation during an assumption of command ceremony for U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette as he takes command of the 145th MXG during a ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. During the ceremony, the unit flag is handed off symbolically indicating to all, his authority as the commanding officer. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 145th Maintenance Group stand in formation during an assumption of command ceremony for U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette as he takes command of the 145th MXG during a ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. During the ceremony, the unit flag is handed off symbolically indicating to all, his authority as the commanding officer. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette, 145th Maintenance Group (MXG) commander, addresses a formation of 145th MXG Airmen about his dedication to them, the unit and its future during an assuming command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette, 145th Maintenance Group (MXG) commander, addresses a formation of 145th MXG Airmen about his dedication to them, the unit and its future during an assuming command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette (center), 145th Maintenance Group commander, speaks to his new unit about his dedication to the unit and its future after assuming command at a ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette (center), 145th Maintenance Group commander, speaks to his new unit about his dedication to the unit and its future after assuming command at a ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 145th Maintenance Group witness an assumption of command ceremony for U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen J. Mallette, held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, October 4, 2014. Mallette assumed command of the 145th MXG after having served as commander for the 118th Aerial Support Operations Squadron. Mallette attains over thirty-one years of military service, including prior service in the U.S. Army. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 145th Maintenance Group witness an assumption of command ceremony for U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen J. Mallette, held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, October 4, 2014. Mallette assumed command of the 145th MXG after having served as commander for the 118th Aerial Support Operations Squadron. Mallette attains over thirty-one years of military service, including prior service in the U.S. Army. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Roger E. Williams, Jr., North Carolina National Guard, Assistant Adjutant General for air operations, listens as Lt. Col. Stephen J. Mallette, delivers his introductory speech during an assumption of command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. Mallette assumed command of the 145th Maintenance Group, October 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs /Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Roger E. Williams, Jr., North Carolina National Guard, Assistant Adjutant General for air operations, listens as Lt. Col. Stephen J. Mallette, delivers his introductory speech during an assumption of command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. Mallette assumed command of the 145th Maintenance Group, October 4, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs /Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Rachel Mallette, 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron assists her husband, Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette, with cake-cutting duties after his assumption of command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, October 4, 2014. Mallette assumed command of the 145th Maintenance Group during October Unit Training Assembly. The Mallettes also have a son, Senior Airman Phillip Mallette, loadmaster for the 156th Airlift Squadron, who is currently deployed. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs /Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Rachel Mallette, 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron assists her husband, Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette, with cake-cutting duties after his assumption of command ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, October 4, 2014. Mallette assumed command of the 145th Maintenance Group during October Unit Training Assembly. The Mallettes also have a son, Senior Airman Phillip Mallette, loadmaster for the 156th Airlift Squadron, who is currently deployed. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs /Released)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Members of the 145th Maintenance Group (MXG) gathered in Hangar 51 for the assumption of command ceremony as U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Mallette assumed command. Formerly the commanding officer of the 118th Air Support Operations Squadron, Mallette is taking the helm of a group level command for the first time.  

First Sgt. Jennifer Moreau, 145th MXG, passed the unit flag during the ceremony and said, "So far after meeting him, he's not shy and that's great in a maintenance command position."

Moreau also added, "He's just coming back from deployment, and that makes it very real for our guys getting ready to deploy."

With the increased responsibility of a group level command Mallette spoke of the new challenges, "I'm very excited, as a new commander my task is to provide the necessary tools so our Airmen can get the job done."

One of the Airmen in formation, Airman 1st Class Joseph Henry, 145th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, said, "I'm only an Airman 1st Class, but I think he'll do a good job and it's good to have him here."

More than 100 Airmen attended the ceremony and stood in formation to honor the new commander.

The ceremony, held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 4, 2014, is a military tradition deeply rooted in history and dates back to the times of the Roman Legion. The unit flag is handed off symbolically indicating to all, his authority as the commanding officer.