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409th AEG change of command

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven P. Bording, 409th Air Expeditionary Group commander, gives his first speech to the group during the change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. After Creer’s remarks, he gave his first salute to the group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven P. Bording, 409th Air Expeditionary Group commander, gives his first speech to the group during the change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. After Creer’s remarks, he gave his first salute to the group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven P. Bording, former 409th Air Expeditionary Group commander, gives a final speech during the group change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The change of command ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven P. Bording, former 409th Air Expeditionary Group commander, gives a final speech during the group change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The change of command ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, gives a speech during the 409th Air Expeditionary Group change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. Rawls spoke about the tremendous accomplishments and hurdles the commanders and their Airmen overcame to keep the base running in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, gives a speech during the 409th Air Expeditionary Group change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. Rawls spoke about the tremendous accomplishments and hurdles the commanders and their Airmen overcame to keep the base running in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Hart, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron logistics readiness flight commander, salutes the American flag during the 409th Air Expeditionary Group change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The change of command recognized Col. Steven P. Bording for his leadership, and welcomed the new commander, Col. Jonathan M. Creer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Hart, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron logistics readiness flight commander, salutes the American flag during the 409th Air Expeditionary Group change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The change of command recognized Col. Steven P. Bording for his leadership, and welcomed the new commander, Col. Jonathan M. Creer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jonathan M. Creer, right, assumes command of the 409th Air Expeditionary Group with Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a military tradition signifying the change of authority and responsibility of a unit from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jonathan M. Creer, right, assumes command of the 409th Air Expeditionary Group with Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a military tradition signifying the change of authority and responsibility of a unit from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven P. Bording, right, relinquishes command of the 409th Air Expeditionary Group with Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The 409th AEG is responsible for providing operations and integrated base operating support at three locations as part of the U.S. Africa Command counter-terrorism campaign in North and West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven P. Bording, right, relinquishes command of the 409th Air Expeditionary Group with Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. The 409th AEG is responsible for providing operations and integrated base operating support at three locations as part of the U.S. Africa Command counter-terrorism campaign in North and West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

AIR BASE 201, Niger -- U.S. Air Force Col. Steven P. Bording, 409th Air Expeditionary Group commander, gives his first speech to the group during the change of command ceremony at Air Base 201, Niger, June 28, 2019. After Creer’s remarks, he gave his first salute to the group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)