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Change of command for mission support group

Col. Mick McGuire, left, 162nd Fighter Wing commander, passes the 162nd Mission Support Group flag to Lt. Col. Garry Beauregard as a symbol of his assumption of command June 4. The group consists of about 400 Airmen who support the international F-16 pilot training mission at Tucson International Airport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Dave Neve)

Col. Mick McGuire, left, 162nd Fighter Wing commander, passes the 162nd Mission Support Group flag to Lt. Col. Garry Beauregard as a symbol of his assumption of command June 4. The group consists of about 400 Airmen who support the international F-16 pilot training mission at Tucson International Airport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Dave Neve)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The 162nd Mission Support Group at Tucson International Airport welcomed its new commander here June 4.

Lt. Col. Garry Beauregard assumed command of the group and accepted the unit flag from Col. Mick McGuire, 162nd Fighter Wing commander, during a ceremony before unit members, family and friends.

Colonel Beauregard, a long-time RC-26 Mission Systems Officer for the 162nd, returns to the wing after serving Operation Copper Cactus as the deputy commander of operations for the Southwest border mission. He's a veteran of Operations Allied Force, Northern and Southern Watch, and has deployed several times in recent years to South America and Iraq.

"I want to thank the wing leadership for giving me this opportunity," said Colonel Beauregard who is now in charge of base security, communications, force support, contracting, civil engineering and logistics. "The cooperation and unity of these diverse squadrons are really second to none. I have learned how important it is to have team work and communication to have success as member of mission support."

"We need to continue to realize that we are not an Air Force of one but an accumulative band of professionals striving for success which is based on working together with effective communication of intent and direction. All I can ask any of us to do is follow the Air Force core values: integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do," he said.

Colonel McGuire emphasized the Mission Support Group's vital role in the wing and expressed confidence in Beauregard's ability to lead the wing.

"The technical expertise that's resident in those of you in uniform in the support group will make it extraordinarily easy for him to continue to run and manage this group. We are asking him to put the 'L' in leadership for this group and continue to move it down the tracks as we get ready for next generation technologies," said Colonel McGuire. "We look forward to your leadership with the group."