93d AGOW welcomes new commander

An Airman from the 822nd Base Defense Squadron holds the flag at a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Col. Paul Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

An Airman from the 822nd Base Defense Squadron holds the flag at a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Col. Paul Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force Commander, passes the guidon to Col. Paul Birch, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The passing of the guidon represents the official changing of leadership and symbolizes who members in a unit owe their allegiance. This event marks the beginning of a new regime as Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93rd AGOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force Commander, passes the guidon to Col. Paul Birch, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The passing of the guidon represents the official changing of leadership and symbolizes who members in a unit owe their allegiance. This event marks the beginning of a new regime as Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93rd AGOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, right, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) outgoing commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Gen. Scott J.  Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 93d AGOW is comprised of 2,800 battlefield Airmen at more than 20 locations across the continental U.S. Those locations include three operational groups, 17 squadrons, 10 detachments and 12 operating locations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, right, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) outgoing commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 93d AGOW is comprised of 2,800 battlefield Airmen at more than 20 locations across the continental U.S. Those locations include three operational groups, 17 squadrons, 10 detachments and 12 operating locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Colthart, 18th Air Support Operations Group chief enlisted manager, waits for the start of a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Col. Paul Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Colthart, 18th Air Support Operations Group chief enlisted manager, waits for the start of a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Col. Paul Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, hugs JoAnne Valenzia, wife of Col. Jeffery Valenzia, after presenting her with a coin, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After relinquishing command Valenzia will assume duties as the executive assistant to the North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command commander at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, hugs JoAnne Valenzia, wife of Col. Jeffery Valenzia, after presenting her with a coin, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After relinquishing command Valenzia will assume duties as the executive assistant to the North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command commander at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, presents Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) outgoing commander, with a Legion of Merit during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 93d AGOW activated in 2008 and became the first wing to provide highly trained ground combat forces capable of integrating air and space power into the ground scheme of fire and maneuver. They also provide forces capable of employing air power activities in close coordination with land operations, including combat weather support to land forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, presents Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) outgoing commander, with a Legion of Merit during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 93d AGOW activated in 2008 and became the first wing to provide highly trained ground combat forces capable of integrating air and space power into the ground scheme of fire and maneuver. They also provide forces capable of employing air power activities in close coordination with land operations, including combat weather support to land forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, coins JoAnne Valenzia, Key Spouse Mentor for the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and spouse of Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, 93d AGOW outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Zobrist coined Mrs. Valenzia for her work as a mentor in the Key Spouse Program. The Key Spouse Program is an official unit and family program that promotes partnerships with Key Spouses, unit leadership, families, the Airman and Family Readiness Center and other community and helping agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, coins JoAnne Valenzia, Key Spouse Mentor for the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and spouse of Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, 93d AGOW outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Zobrist coined Mrs. Valenzia for her work as a mentor in the Key Spouse Program. The Key Spouse Program is an official unit and family program that promotes partnerships with Key Spouses, unit leadership, families, the Airman and Family Readiness Center and other community and helping agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J.  Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, pins the Legion of Merit on Col. Jeffery Valenzia, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After relinquishing command, Valenzia will assume duty as the executive assistant to the North American Aerospace Defense Command U.S. Northern Command commander at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, pins the Legion of Merit on Col. Jeffery Valenzia, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After relinquishing command, Valenzia will assume duty as the executive assistant to the North American Aerospace Defense Command U.S. Northern Command commander at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, speaks during the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 93d AGOW welcomed incoming commander Col. Paul Birch and celebrated the accomplishments of outgoing commander Col. Jeffery Valenzia. Prior to taking command of the 93d AGOW, Birch was the commander of the 380th Expeditionary Operations Group at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, speaks during the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 93d AGOW welcomed incoming commander Col. Paul Birch and celebrated the accomplishments of outgoing commander Col. Jeffery Valenzia. Prior to taking command of the 93d AGOW, Birch was the commander of the 380th Expeditionary Operations Group at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) render salutes during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.  This event marks the beginning of a new regime as Col. Paul Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93d AGOW.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)
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Airmen from the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) render salutes during a change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This event marks the beginning of a new regime as Col. Paul Birch becomes the 7th commander of the 93d AGOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, left, outgoing 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander, and Col. Paul Birch, incoming commander, salute the color guard at the AGOW change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Birch becomes the 7th commander of the Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)
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Col. Jeffrey Valenzia, left, outgoing 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander, and Col. Paul Birch, incoming commander, salute the color guard at the AGOW change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Birch becomes the 7th commander of the Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

Col. Paul Birch, incoming 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander, gives remarks at the AGOW change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Birch becomes the 7th commander of the Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)
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Col. Paul Birch, incoming 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander, gives remarks at the AGOW change of command ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event marks the beginning of a new regime as Birch becomes the 7th commander of the Wing and its battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The Battlefield Airmen of the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing (AGOW) welcomed Col. Paul Birch and said farewell to Col. Jeffrey Valenzia during a change of command ceremony May 23.

Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony, offering remarks on what Valenzia has achieved and also introducing Birch as the 7th Airman to take command of the 93rd AGOW.

“The 93rd AGOW has Airmen deployed around the world and Colonel Valenzia has done a great job executing the AGOW’s remarkable mission,” Zobrist said. “I take a great deal of pride in what the 93rd AGOW does in service of our nation, and I am very excited for what its future holds.”

Zobrist acknowledged Birch as an excellent replacement with an equally excellent resume that qualifies him to command the over 2,800 battlefield Airmen at more than 20 locations throughout the continental U.S.

“Col. Paul Birch has an impressive record and is a strategic leader with a warrior’s heart,” Zobrist added. “It’s clear from watching Colonel Birch while deployed that he possesses the desire and determination to continue to lead this wing to bigger and better things.”

Birch thanked Zobrist for his continued support and vote of confidence in his ability to lead the 93rd AGOW as he looks forward to the future.

“The warm welcome I’ve received from everyone here at Moody has been wonderful; I really feel as if I’ve joined a family,” Birch said. “This is truly a culmination of all of the hard work and lessons I have learned over my military career, and I am incredibly thrilled to be given this position and I’m ready to get started.”

While expressing their anticipation for the future of the 93rd AGOW, Zobrist recognized and expressed his gratitude towards Valenzia for his exemplary two-year command of the 93rd AGOW.

“The result of Colonel Valenzia’s hard work has been an enormous level of success,” Zobrist said. “His efforts in getting this remarkable wing going in the right direction and taking it to the next level have been phenomenal.”

Birch echoed though sentiments and thanked Valenzia groundwork he laid as commander.

“I can’t say enough on the great job Colonel Valenzia has done here commanding the 93rd AGOW,” Birch explained. “He’s laid a wonderful foundation for me to build on, and I’m just looking forward to living up to it.”

During his final address to the Airmen he’s commanded for the last two years, Valenzia wished Birch well and commended his Airmen for their continuous hard work and devotion to him for the last two years.

“I have relished at the opportunity to lead such a remarkable unit,” Valenzia said. “I am honored to count myself as part of the great legacy of the 93rd AGOW, and I thank you all for your continued service and dedication to our remarkable mission.”

Valenzia will be moving on to assume the executive assistant to the North American Aerospace Defense Command U.S. North Com commander at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.