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Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Cook will depart Moody AFB to attend the National War College, Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Cook will depart Moody AFB to attend the National War College, Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

An Airman from the 476th Fighter Group (FG), climbs down a ladder following the renaming of the 476th FG flagship during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

An Airman from the 476th Fighter Group (FG), climbs down a ladder following the renaming of the 476th FG flagship during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Lt. Col. Brandon Kelly, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, salutes Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Kelly assumed command of the 476th FG after previously commanding the 76th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Lt. Col. Brandon Kelly, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, salutes Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Kelly assumed command of the 476th FG after previously commanding the 76th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, renders a final salute to the Airmen of the 476th FG during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Cook will depart Moody AFB to attend the National War College in Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, renders a final salute to the Airmen of the 476th FG during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Cook will depart Moody AFB to attend the National War College in Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, gives remarks during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Cook will depart Moody AFB to attend the National War College in Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, gives remarks during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. Cook will depart Moody AFB to attend the National War College in Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Catherine Cook, right, wife of Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, receives a bouquet of flowers during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Catherine Cook, right, wife of Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, receives a bouquet of flowers during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander, gives remarks during the 476th Fighter Group change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander, gives remarks during the 476th Fighter Group change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Airmen render salutes, for the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Airmen render salutes, for the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Brig. Gen. Roger Suro, left, 442d Fighter Wing commander, presents the guidon to Lt. Col. Brandon Kelly, right, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, as he assumes command during the 476th FG change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. Kelly previously served as the commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

Brig. Gen. Roger Suro, left, 442d Fighter Wing commander, presents the guidon to Lt. Col. Brandon Kelly, right, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, as he assumes command during the 476th FG change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. Kelly previously served as the commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

Brig. Gen. Rogers Suro, left, 442d Fighter Wing commander, receives the guidon from Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, right, as he relinquishes command during the 476th FG change of command ceremony, July 9, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. Cook is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flying hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)
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Brig. Gen. Rogers Suro, left, 442d Fighter Wing commander, receives the guidon from Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group (FG) commander, right, as he relinquishes command during the 476th FG change of command ceremony, July 9, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. Cook is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flying hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, speaks during change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)
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Col. Gerald Cook, 476th Fighter Group commander, speaks during change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 476th Fighter Group (FG) held a change of command ceremony, July 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

The ceremony welcomed Lt. Col. Brandon Kelly and said farewell to Col. Gerald Cook.

“Col. Cook is an outstanding Airman who’s made the 476th FG and the 23d Wing more ready and more lethal,” said Brig. General Roger Suro, 442d Fighter Wing commander. “Lt. Col. Kelly is going to build off the foundation that Col. Cook has set and work with the rest of Team Moody and raise their bar to a new level.”

Lt. Col. Kelly has excelled as a command pilot accomplishing over 3,000 flying hours while also serving as the special assistant to the commander of the 476th FG.

“Col. Kelly, it was a very easy decision for me to encourage Brig. Gen Suro to have you replace me as the 476th FG commander,” said Cook. “Your strategic leadership and foresight as commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron has already been a vital part of the 476th FG and I’m looking forward to hearing about all the great things you’ll accomplish in the future.”

Kelly is no stranger to the 476th FG as he previously commanded the 76th FS. He was responsible for the integration of personnel within the 23d Fighter Group as a reserve classic associate unit where his Airmen trained and deployed in support of Active Duty exercises and contingency operations.

“To the Airman of the 476th FG, thank you for being a part of this all-volunteer force that we all are,” said Kelly. “But especially part of one that works a civilian job from Monday to Friday and then dedicates their weekend to complete the mission of the 476th FG.”

Suro highlighted the accomplishments of Col. Cook, who will be moving on to the National War College in Washington D.C.

“The Air Force Reserve Command only sends one Airman to the National War College every year, and that Airman is Col. Cook, he’s that outstanding.” said Suro.