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50 SW Changes Command

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, passes the guidon to Col. DeAnna M. Burt, as she assumes command of the 50th Space Wing, during the change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. As wing commander, Burt will be responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide and operating 69 surveillance, navigation and timing, space situational awareness and communication satellites valued at more than $66 billion.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, passes the guidon to Col. DeAnna M. Burt, as she assumes command of the 50th Space Wing, during the change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. As wing commander, Burt will be responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide and operating 69 surveillance, navigation and timing, space situational awareness and communication satellites valued at more than $66 billion.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. William J. Liquori, outgoing 50th Space Wing commander, and Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50 SW commander, salute  Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, during the 50 SW change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Burt is returning  to Schriever, after leaving her post at Air Force Space Command as Director of the Commander's Action Group.  Burt was previously assigned to the installation as the 2nd Space Operations Squadron commander and has commanded at the flight and group levels along the Front Range.(U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. William J. Liquori, outgoing 50th Space Wing commander, and Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50 SW commander, salute Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, during the 50 SW change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Burt is returning to Schriever, after leaving her post at Air Force Space Command as Director of the Commander's Action Group. Burt was previously assigned to the installation as the 2nd Space Operations Squadron commander and has commanded at the flight and group levels along the Front Range.(U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. William J. Liquori, outgoing 50th Space Wing commander, hugs Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50 SW commander, after relinquishing command during the 50 SW change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Liquori is transitioning to his new post as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force in Washington D.C. after two years in command.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Col. William J. Liquori, outgoing 50th Space Wing commander, hugs Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50 SW commander, after relinquishing command during the 50 SW change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Liquori is transitioning to his new post as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force in Washington D.C. after two years in command.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

(From Left) U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, Col. William J. Liquori, outgoing 50th Space Wing commander, and Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50 SW commander, walk to the 50 SW change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. As wing commander, Burt will be responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide and operating 69 surveillance, navigation and timing, space situational awareness and communication satellites valued at more than $66 billion.(U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

(From Left) U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, Col. William J. Liquori, outgoing 50th Space Wing commander, and Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50 SW commander, walk to the 50 SW change-of-command ceremony Friday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. As wing commander, Burt will be responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide and operating 69 surveillance, navigation and timing, space situational awareness and communication satellites valued at more than $66 billion.(U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

The 50th Space Wing held its change of command ceremony May 29 during which Col. William J. Liquori Jr. relinquished command to Col. DeAnna M. Burt at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space.(U.S. Air Force Photo/ Dennis Rogers)

The 50th Space Wing held its change of command ceremony May 29 during which Col. William J. Liquori Jr. relinquished command to Col. DeAnna M. Burt at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space.(U.S. Air Force Photo/ Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing welcomed new leadership during a change-of-command ceremony held here May 29 at 2 p.m.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space presided over the ceremony today that transferred command of the 50 SW from Col. William J. Liquori Jr. to Col. DeAnna M. Burt.

"The role of the 50 SW is vital to the safety and security of the United States," Raymond said. "The capabilities you provide allow commanders to see the battlespace with clarity, strike with precision, navigate with accuracy, communicate with certainty, and operate with assurance over global distances. To the Airmen of this Wing, you are the very best at what you do, you make it look easy and we all know it is not."

Prior to relinquishing command, Liquori addressed his fellow leaders, wing members and community partners.

"I have nothing to say today but thank you," said Liquori. "It was a privilege to lead a wing of this size and importance. You (Team Schriever) are going to go higher, farther and faster than you already have. You're in great hands."

Burt returns to Schriever, leaving her post at Air Force Space Command as Director of the Commander's Action Group. Burt was previously assigned to the installation as the 2nd Space Operations Squadron commander and has commanded at the flight and group levels along the Front Range.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the 50th Space Wing Commander and I am humbled by the opportunity," said Burt. "This is my third assignment to Schriever Air Force Base, so it feels like I'm coming home."

As wing commander, Burt will be responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide and operating 69 surveillance, navigation and timing, space situational awareness and communication satellites valued at more than $66 billion. The wing's Air Force Satellite Control Network supports a total of 175 satellites from multiple government agencies. Burt will also serve as the installation commander hosting approximately 20 mission partners whose combined economic impact is approximately $1 billion.

"The 50th Space Wing's Airmen work shoulder-to-shoulder with the 310th Space Wing and are at the heart of our space warfighting capability operating 69 payloads providing game-changing effects to warfighters around the globe," said Burt. "Space operations are a total force endeavor and we are proud to have such a close relationship with our Reserve partners. Together we will continue to advance space capabilities to improve warfighting operations, while denying our potential adversaries the same."

After two years in command here, Liquori is transitioning to his new post as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force in Washington D.C.

Click here to see video from the ceremony.
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