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Test center welcomes new commander

Col. Jon Mott assumes command of the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center with a symbolic passing of the AATC guideon from Maj. Gen. Rick Moisio, Air National Guard deputy director, Oct. 16. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dave Neve)

Col. Jon Mott assumes command of the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center with a symbolic passing of the AATC guideon from Maj. Gen. Rick Moisio, Air National Guard deputy director, Oct. 16. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dave Neve)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) at Tucson International Airport welcomed a new commander Oct. 16. 

Col. Jon Mott assumed command receiving the AATC guideon from Maj. Gen. Rick Moisio, the deputy director of the Air National Guard and former 162nd Fighter Wing commander. 

Colonel Mott previously served as the director of Air National Guard Plans and Requirements at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He is also the first career A-10 pilot to command the test center with more than 4,700 hours and 90 combat missions. 

The AATC mission is to conduct operational tests on behalf of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command. As a tenant unit hosted by the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing, the compact team composed of about 70 active duty, Reserve component, civilian and contractor members works to field low-cost, low-risk, off-the-shelf improvements for Guard and Reserve aircraft. 

"It's a great honor to lead the test center mission," said Colonel Mott. "The work we do here to fulfill the needs of the warfighter is needed now more than ever. I look forward to working our 162nd Fighter Wing team to improve combat, mobility and special operations weapon systems." 

Col. Dan Bader, former AATC commander, now serves as deputy director for domestic operations at National Guard Bureau headquarters in Arlington, Va.