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90th MDG welcomes new commander

Colonel Stacy Jo Huser, 90th Missile Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Kristine Hackett, 90th Medical Group commander, during the 90th MDG change of command ceremony June 29, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. Cherron Galluzzo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Braydon Williams)

Colonel Stacy Jo Huser, 90th Missile Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Kristine Hackett, 90th Medical Group commander, during the 90th MDG change of command ceremony June 29, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. Cherron Galluzzo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Braydon Williams)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Colonel Kristine Hackett took command of the 90th Medical Group during a change of command ceremony at the Trail’s End Event Center here July 2, 2018.

Colonel Stacy Jo Huser, 90th Missile Wing commander, served as the presiding officer and gave her thoughts on the value Galluzzo brought to the command, then stated why Hackett is up to the challenge.

To open her speech, Huser told a story about a mother who gave one of her three daughters a bundle of sticks and asked her to try and break it, which she could not. She repeated it twice more with the other two daughters, who also could not break the sticks. She then took back the sticks, then separated them and asked each of the sisters to break a single stick. Each daughter broke her stick with ease. The moral of the story being that you are stronger together and if you stick together you cannot be broken.

She referred to Galluzzo as the mother, providing both wisdom and guidance to wing leadership and Airmen.

Colonel Cherron Galluzzo, outgoing commander, will continue her Air Force career at the 20th Medical Group at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

“We’re lucky to have Col. Hackett join the Mighty Ninety Family,” said Huser. “She is the perfect leader to take on the 90th MDG, she will provide fresh perspective, compassionate leadership, and she will continue to build unbreakable bundles of sticks. It’s an honor to have you joining the team and we look forward to serving with you.”

Hackett began her career as a nurse intern in Wilford Hall, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

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

“I have observed a well-run, highly-effective organization which is a testament to Col. Galluzzo’s leadership, wisdom and a group filled with professionals,” she Hackett. “Col. Galluzzo thank you for making this a smooth transition and building this group into a premiere Air Force organization. I look forward to building on the 90th Medical 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.