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435th AGOW, 435th AEW welcome new commander

Two officers standing at attention and facing a row of flags.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, left, and Col. Bryan Callahan, incoming 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, participate in an assumption-of-command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 9, 2021. During the ceremony, Reed charged Callahan with leading the 435th AGOW and 435th AEW, which are comprised of five groups, 23 squadrons and more than 2,300 personnel across 15 installations in Europe and Africa. The two wings are charged with providing battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and are capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright)

An officer saluting another officer.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryan Callahan, incoming 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, right, renders a salute to Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 9, 2021. During the ceremony, Reed charged Callahan with leading the 435th AGOW and 435th AEW, which are comprised of five groups, 23 squadrons and more than 2,300 personnel across 15 installations in Europe and Africa. The two wings are charged with providing battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and are capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright)

Two officers holding a guidon.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, left, presents the guidon to Col. Bryan Callahan, incoming 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 9, 2021. Callahan replaced Col. Daniel C. Clayton as 435th AGOW and 435th AEW commander after serving as the vice commander of the 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 435th AGOW and 435th AEW are charged with providing battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and are capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright)

A commander standing behind a podium.

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryan Callahan, incoming 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, delivers remarks during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 9, 2021. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, charged Callahan with leading the 435th AGOW and 435th AEW, which are comprised of five groups, 23 squadrons and more than 2,300 personnel across 15 installations in Europe and Africa. The two wings are charged with providing battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and are capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright)

Airmen holding flowers and walking alongside seated crowd.

Right to left: Julie, Grace, Alayna and Alli Callahan, spouse and children of U.S. Air Force Col. Bryan Callahan, incoming 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, receive gifts during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 9, 2021. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, charged Callahan with leading the 435th AGOW and 435th AEW, which are comprised of five groups, 23 squadrons and more than 2,300 personnel across 15 installations in Europe and Africa. The two wings are charged with providing battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and are capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

Col. Bryan Callahan assumed command of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (U.S. European Command) and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (U.S. Africa Command) during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 9, 2021.

Callahan replaced Col. Daniel C. Clayton as the 435th AGOW and 435th AEW commander after serving as the vice commander of the 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

In his first remarks as 435th AGOW and 435th AEW commander, Callahan outlined his vision for the wings and expressed his gratitude in being selected to lead the Airmen assigned here.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of you, to serve with you, and to be called a member of your team,” Callahan said. “I will do everything I can every day to continue to enable what Col. Clayton has been doing, has done, and what you continue to do.”

Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony and expressed his confidence in Callahan.

“I can think of no better person to take up the charge of Third Air Force’s wings than Col. Callahan,” Reed said. “You’ll find that he’s not afraid of venturing into the unknown and taking on the difficult; on the contrary, he embraces it.”

Reed also commented on the accomplishments and way forward for the two wings, which are comprised of five groups, 23 squadrons and more than 2,300 personnel across 15 installations in Europe and Africa.

“To the Airmen of the 435th … we all know you deserve yet another leader who cares deeply about people,” Reed said.

As commander of the 435th AGOW and 435th AEW, Callahan leads a team of Airmen and civilians charged with providing battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. The wings’ mission is to deploy expeditionary airfields on demand, integrate air power in the joint fight, provide joint, multi-theater operational support and sustainment, deliver premier expeditionary training, and build partnership capacity.