175th Wing Change Of Command Ceremony

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  • By Tech. Sgt. David Speicher
  • 175th Wing Public Affairs
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."