52nd Fighter Wing Change of Command

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, passes the 52nd Fighter Wing guidon to Col. Jason Bailey, incoming 52nd Fighter Wing commander, during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. During the ceremony Col. Joseph McFall relinquished command of the 52nd FW after two and half years as the commander of five groups, 24 squadrons, 11 geographically separated units spread across five countries with 5,000 dedicated military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, passes the 52nd Fighter Wing guidon to Col. Jason Bailey, incoming 52nd Fighter Wing commander, during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. During the ceremony Col. Joseph McFall relinquished command of the 52nd FW after two and half years as the commander of five groups, 24 squadrons, 11 geographically separated units spread across five countries with 5,000 dedicated military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Bailey, incoming 52nd Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take command during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017.  Bailey is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate with more than 3,000 flying hours in multiple aircraft, including more than 600 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Bailey, incoming 52nd Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take command during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate with more than 3,000 flying hours in multiple aircraft, including more than 600 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Col. Jason Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, renders his first salute as the 52nd FW commander during the change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey came from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as the commander of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Col. Jason Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, renders his first salute as the 52nd FW commander during the change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey came from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as the commander of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Col. Jason Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, renders his first salute as the 52nd FW commander during the change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey came from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as the commander of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Col. Joe McFall, left, former 52nd Fighter Wing commander, fist bumps Col. Jason Bailey, right, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, while Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, talks about the accomplishments of the wing during the 52nd FW change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey assumed command of the 52nd FW from McFall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Col. Jason Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, renders his first salute as the 52nd FW commander during the change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey came from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as the commander of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Staff Sgt. Eric Gerke, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, replaces the outbound commander name with the inbound commander on a F-16 Fighting Falcon during the 52nd FW change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Col. Jason Bailey assumed command of the 52nd FW from Col. Joe McFall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Gerke, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief unveils the name of Col. Jason Bailey, incoming 52nd Fighter Wing commander, on the wing’s flagship F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey took command of the wing after serving as commander of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Gerke, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief unveils the name of Col. Jason Bailey, incoming 52nd Fighter Wing commander, on the wing’s flagship F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey took command of the wing after serving as commander of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph McFall, outgoing 52nd Fighter Wing commander, takes a selfie before relinquishing command to Col. Jason Bailey, incoming commander, during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017.  Nearly 400 people attended the event to witness the traditional change of command ceremony as Bailey accepted responsibility as the wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo b Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph McFall, outgoing 52nd Fighter Wing commander, takes a selfie before relinquishing command to Col. Jason Bailey, incoming commander, during the wing change of command ceremony in Hangar 1 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Nearly 400 people attended the event to witness the traditional change of command ceremony as Bailey accepted responsibility as the wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo b Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Col. Jason Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, renders his first salute as the 52nd FW commander during the change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. Bailey came from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as the commander of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Col. Joe McFall, right, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, talks with Roger Feller, left, 52nd Operations Group honorary commander, prior to the start of the 52nd FW change of command ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2017. McFall will pass the ceremonial guidon to the incoming commander Col. Jason Bailey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

A new commander took charge of the 52nd Fighter Wing during the wing change of command ceremony at Hangar 1 here August 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Bailey accepted responsibility of the 52nd FW in front of Airmen, local leaders and family. 

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony in which Bailey, former 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, took charge of the wing formerly led by U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph McFall.

“We have managed to find another winner and a great combat leader to carry the wing’s tradition of perseverance and combat success forward,” Clark said. “Col. Jason “Hash” Bailey is the right man at the right time for this wing.”

Bailey inherits the wing as its 28th commander since its activation as the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing in December 1971. He is also a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours, including 600 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan in operations Allied Force, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

“Saber Nation, your history is legendary,” Bailey said. “This wing, this nation, this saber nation provides a level of capability, a level of full spectrum air power that no other wing can claim. You are crucial, you matter to the Air Force, to the United States, to NATO and to the globe. My family is excited to be a part of this community. But there’s a lot to do, so let’s get cracking.”

As Saber Lead, Bailey now leads five groups, 23 squadrons and 11 geographically separated units spread across five countries, with approximately 5,000 dedicated military and civilian personnel.

The change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit to a commanding officer.