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90th Mission Support Group welcomes new commander

Colonel Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Tricia Van Den Top, 90th Mission Support Group commander, during the 90th MSG Change of Command ceremony June 16, 2017, on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. Frank Verdugo to Van Den Top. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Tricia Van Den Top, 90th Mission Support Group commander, during the 90th MSG Change of Command ceremony June 16, 2017, on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. Frank Verdugo to Van Den Top. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Tricia Van Den Top, 90th Mission Support Group commander, during the 90th MSG Change of Command ceremony June 16, 2017, on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. Frank Verdugo to Van Den Top. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Tricia Van Den Top, 90th Mission Support Group commander, during the 90th MSG Change of Command ceremony June 16, 2017, on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. Frank Verdugo to Van Den Top. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, speaks at the 90th Mission Support Group Change of Command on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 16, 2017. Kravitsky spoke about Col. Frank Verdugo's achievements in his tenure at the 90th MSG, as well as why Col. Tricia Van Den Top is the right fit to succeed Verdugo and assume command of the group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, speaks at the 90th Mission Support Group Change of Command on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 16, 2017. Kravitsky spoke about Col. Frank Verdugo's achievements in his tenure at the 90th MSG, as well as why Col. Tricia Van Den Top is the right fit to succeed Verdugo and assume command of the group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Tricia Van Den Top renders her first salute as commander to her troops at the 90th MSG Change of Command on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 16, 2017. Van Den Top assumed command of the group during the ceremony which represents a formal transition of authority from the outgoing commanding to the incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Tricia Van Den Top renders her first salute as commander to her troops at the 90th MSG Change of Command on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 16, 2017. Van Den Top assumed command of the group during the ceremony which represents a formal transition of authority from the outgoing commanding to the incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Airmen in the 90th Mission Support Group render a final salute to Col. Frank Verdugo, their outgoing commander, at the 90th MSG Change of Command on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 16, 2017. Col. Tricia Van Den Top assumed command of the group during the ceremony which represents a formal transition of authority from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Airmen in the 90th Mission Support Group render a final salute to Col. Frank Verdugo, their outgoing commander, at the 90th MSG Change of Command on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 16, 2017. Col. Tricia Van Den Top assumed command of the group during the ceremony which represents a formal transition of authority from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Tricia Van Den Top, 90th Mission Support Group commander, speaks to the crowd attending the 90th MSG Change of Command June 16, 2017, on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The group is comprised of the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron, 90th Force Support Squadron, 90th Communications Squadron and 90th Contracting Squadron, which provide essential support functions to the 90th Missile Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Colonel Tricia Van Den Top, 90th Mission Support Group commander, speaks to the crowd attending the 90th MSG Change of Command June 16, 2017, on the Argonne Parade Field at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The group is comprised of the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron, 90th Force Support Squadron, 90th Communications Squadron and 90th Contracting Squadron, which provide essential support functions to the 90th Missile Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --  

Colonel Tricia Van Den Top took command of the 90th Mission Support Group during a change-of-command ceremony on the Argonne Parade Field here June 16, 2017.

Colonel Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, served as the presiding officer and gave his thoughts on the value Verdugo brought to the command, then stated why Van Den Top is up to the challenge.

“Frank Verdugo is a phenomenal leader who made the impossible happen,” said Kravitsky. “But as we say goodbye to one member of the family, we are lucky to welcome another. Col. Tricia Van Den Top is a highly experienced officer with a diverse background in both the medical community and the mission support group. We are proud to have her.”

Col. Frank Verdugo, outgoing commander, will continue his Air Force career at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Van Den Top began her career in the 90th Medical Operations Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base as a staff and clinical nurse. She is returning to F. E. Warren after a tour of duty as the 28th Mission Support Group deputy commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

She noted that she has big shoes to fill, but is excited to take command of the 90 MSG.

“I have observed a well-run, highly-effective organization which is a testament to Col. Verdugo’s leadership and a group filled with professionals and the best sons and daughters America has to offer,” she said. “This is the assignment of a lifetime, and I am very pleased to return to where my career started. I look forward to building on the 90th Mission Support Group’s already outstanding accomplishments.”

A change-of-command ceremony is a tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander.