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175th Wing Change Of Command Ceremony

Members of the Maryland Air National Guard, friends and family gather at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., for a change of command and the Airman Recognition Ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

Members of the Maryland Air National Guard, friends and family gather at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., for a change of command and the Airman Recognition Ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

Leadership of the Maryland Air National Guard attend a change of command ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. General Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. David Speicher/RELEASED)

Leadership of the Maryland Air National Guard attend a change of command ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. General Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. David Speicher/RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Kelly, Assistant Adjutant General – Air, passes the 175th Wing guidon to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., during a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Kelly, Assistant Adjutant General – Air, passes the 175th Wing guidon to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., during a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Kelly, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, salutes U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., during a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Kelly, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, salutes U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., during a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Kelly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

U.S Air Force Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus, 175th Wing Commander, accepts the guidon from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., during a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. David Speicher/RELEASED)

U.S Air Force Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus, 175th Wing Commander, accepts the guidon from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., during a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. David Speicher/RELEASED)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus, 175th Wing Commander, and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, stand together at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md. after a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolp Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus, 175th Wing Commander, and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, stand together at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md. after a change of command ceremony December 6, 2015. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Randolp Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli Saunders/RELEASED)

Baltimore -- Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenraus assumed command of the 175th Wing from Brig. Gen. Scott L. Kelly, who is moving forward as the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Maryland National Guard, during a change of command ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, here Dec. 6, 2015.

Presiding over the day's event was U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (MD) Linda Singh, Adjutant General for the Maryland National Guard. She shared her thoughts about what is ahead for the members of the 175th Wing in attendance.

"This is a sign of the future, it shows strength for the wing, and for all of the Maryland National Guard," said Singh. "I look forward to where we are going, we have great talent that we are going to utilize."

Standing in front of a large group of Airmen, who gave him a standing ovation, Kelly expressed his feelings about his time as wing commander.

"I have enjoyed it and it keeps me swinging and moving," said Kelly. "I enjoy the people and the mission and what it all stands for."

After Staudenraus assumed command from Kelly, the new 175th Wing Commander spoke to the room with great excitement about what the future holds for the wing.

"I look forward to working with every member of the 175th Wing as I have in the past," said Staudenraus. " I look forward to a great future together."

Although Kelly has moved on to his new position, he wanted everyone to know that he will not be far away.

"I don't see it as leaving the 175th Wing, since we are a one wing state, operationally speaking," said Kelly. "My support from my new job will be toward the 175th Wing and all their capabilities and needs."