By Candrea Thomas, SMC Public Affairs
/ Published September 08, 2006
Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel (left), Space and Missile Systems Center commander, welcomes aboard the 61st Air Base Wing commander, Col. Joseph Schwarz. The Wing stand-up took place at the Los Angeles Air Force Base?s Schriever Space Complex courtyard, July 31.
The new wing and group commanders assemble at the Schriever Space Complex courtyard during the Wing activation ceremony. They are (front row, left to right); Brig. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing commander; Col. David O?Brian, representing Brig. Gen. (s) Edward Bolton, Launch and Range Systems Wing commander; Col. Allan Ballenger, Global Positioning Systems Wing commander; Col. Randall Weidenheimer, Space Based Infrared Systems Wing commander; Col. Michael Taylor, Space Superiority Systems Wing commander; Col. Richard White, Space Development and Test Wing commander; Col. John Wagner, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Systems Group commander; Col. Michael Coolidge, Satellite Control and Network Systems Group commander; Mr. Lou Johnson, Space Logistics Group director; and Col. Joseph Schwarz, 61st Air Base Wing commander. Their Senior NCOs stand solidly behind them.
Col. Joe Schwarz, 61st Air Base Wing commander addresses the crowd during the SMC Wing standup. Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, SMC commander (seated right), headed the historical ceremony at the Schriever Space Complex, July 31.