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310 SW gets new commander

Col Damon S. Feltman will become the new commander of the 310th Space Wing during a Change of Command ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Col. Damon S. Feltman assumed command of the 310th Space Wing during a change of command ceremony July 12, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Damon Feltman took command of the 310th Space Wing from Col. Jeffrey Mineo during a change of command ceremony July 12.

Brig. Gen. Donald Lindberg, 10th Air Force vice commander, presided over the ceremony held in front of the 310 SW headquarters building.

In his remarks, Lindberg praised Mineo and the men and women of the 310th.

"Sal, my hat's off to you. Command is not easy and you did it with grace and style, and I'm sure your Airmen appreciate you very much," said Lindberg. "There is no doubt this space wing is hitting on all cylinders."

As the 310th SW commander, Feltman is responsible for over 1,000 reservists at 18 units at three installations in Colorado and California. This is his third assignment to Schriever, having previously been the 19th Space Operations Squadron commander form 2010 to 2012. Schriever was also Feltman's first Air Force assignment from 1992-1996 when it was known as Falcon Air Force Base.

"Colorado is as close to home as a guy like me has," said Feltman. "This is our third assignment to Schirever and our fourth to the Front Range, so this is really our home."

Feltman also spoke directly to the members of the 310th during his remarks.

"To the men and women of the 310th Space Wing," said Feltman. "You have been a profound inspiration to me for the past eight years that I have worked with you, first as the functional manager at headquarters, later as squadron commander and then on the AFRC staff."

In closing, Feltman gave two reasons why the wing's members impress him.

"First is what you do," said Feltman. "The majority of this wing is made up of part-timers who give up 40, 50 or 60 hours a week at primary jobs and then give Uncle Sam two , three or four days a month. You do it because you have a passion for this mission, you love your nation, you love the Air Force and you love the Airmen standing or sitting next to you."

"Secondly, you represent a tremendous heritage," said Feltman. "A heritage of Citizen Airmen who have defined this Air Force, who have given this nation the greatest and most powerful Air Force in history."
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