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Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, left, 18th Air Force commander, presents the 436th Airlift Wing guidon to Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th AW commander, during an assumption of command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Upon taking command, Husemann became the wing’s 36th commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, left, 18th Air Force commander, presents the 436th Airlift Wing guidon to Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th AW commander, during an assumption of command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Upon taking command, Husemann became the wing’s 36th commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, left, 18th Air Force commander; Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Bayes, 436th Airlift Wing command chief, and Col. Matthew Husemann, incoming 436th AW commander, stand at attention during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann assumed command in a ceremony attended by friends, family, Team Dover members, local civic leaders and distinguished visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, left, 18th Air Force commander; Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Bayes, 436th Airlift Wing command chief, and Col. Matthew Husemann, incoming 436th AW commander, stand at attention during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann assumed command in a ceremony attended by friends, family, Team Dover members, local civic leaders and distinguished visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, speaks to Team Dover members, friends and family, guests, civic leaders and congressional delegates during the 436th Airlift Wing Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Bibb presided over the ceremony in which Col. Matthew Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, speaks to Team Dover members, friends and family, guests, civic leaders and congressional delegates during the 436th Airlift Wing Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Bibb presided over the ceremony in which Col. Matthew Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, addresses the wing for the first time during an assumption of command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Upon taking command, Husemann became the wing’s 36th commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chuck Broadway)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, addresses the wing for the first time during an assumption of command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Upon taking command, Husemann became the wing’s 36th commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chuck Broadway)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, looks to the audience during the 436th AW assumption of command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann returns to Dover AFB following an assignment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chuck Broadway)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, looks to the audience during the 436th AW assumption of command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann returns to Dover AFB following an assignment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chuck Broadway)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, receives his first salute from a formation of Team Dover Airmen during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann takes command following an assignment as the 86th Airlift Wing vice commander at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, receives his first salute from a formation of Team Dover Airmen during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann takes command following an assignment as the 86th Airlift Wing vice commander at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, speaks to Team Dover members, friends and family, guests, civic leaders and congressional delegates during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing, becoming Dover AFB’s 36th wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, speaks to Team Dover members, friends and family, guests, civic leaders and congressional delegates during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing, becoming Dover AFB’s 36th wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Lt. Col. Abner Valenzuela, left, 436th Airlift Wing chaplain, gives the invocation during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Upon taking command, Col. Matthew Husemann became the wing’s 36th commander. Standing next to Valenzuela is Master Sgt. Jason Fox, 436th Aerial Port Squadron passenger services and fleet operations superintendent, who served as the ceremony narrator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Lt. Col. Abner Valenzuela, left, 436th Airlift Wing chaplain, gives the invocation during the 436th AW Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Upon taking command, Col. Matthew Husemann became the wing’s 36th commander. Standing next to Valenzuela is Master Sgt. Jason Fox, 436th Aerial Port Squadron passenger services and fleet operations superintendent, who served as the ceremony narrator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Joshua Varner, 436th Aerial Port Squadron fleet service specialist, sings the national anthem during the 436th Airlift Wing Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Col. Matthew Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing in a ceremony officiated by 18th Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Joshua Varner, 436th Aerial Port Squadron fleet service specialist, sings the national anthem during the 436th Airlift Wing Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Col. Matthew Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing in a ceremony officiated by 18th Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

First Lt. Laura Lanier, 436th Aerial Port Squadron section commander, plays Ruffles and Flourishes during the 436th Airlift Wing Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Col. Matthew Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing in a ceremony officiated by 18th Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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First Lt. Laura Lanier, 436th Aerial Port Squadron section commander, plays Ruffles and Flourishes during the 436th Airlift Wing Assumption of Command ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021. Col. Matthew Husemann assumed command of the Eagle Wing in a ceremony officiated by 18th Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. --

Col. Matthew Husemann took command of the 436th Airlift Wing during an assumption of command ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony.

Husemann returns to Dover AFB for the third time in his career, having served as a C-5M Super Galaxy evaluator aircraft commander with the 9th Airlift Squadron, an operations officer with the 436th Operations Support Squadron and as commander of both the 436th Force Support and 9th Airlift Squadrons.

“We have watched you from across the globe, execute with precision, poise, professionalism and integrity,” said Husemann. “Dover Airmen are known for making the impossible possible and you make it look easy.”

Husemann most recently served as vice commander of the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

“Matt is not new to Dover. It was here he showed how passionate he was about taking care of our mission, our Airmen and our families,” said Bibb. “He has led airlift missions around the globe delivering hope and defending our nation. Our job is to defend the nation against a multitude of threats. You are the heart and soul of a lethal and ready force that ensures America’s continued prosperity and defense. I am so proud of what this wing does every day.”

Chief Master Sgt. Tim Bayes, 436th AW command chief, passed the wing guidon to Bibb, who then passed it to Husemann, symbolizing the passing of authority to the new commander.

“We’ve had the opportunity to work with the community and work for the Dover Airman,” said Husemann. “But we will not pretend to know the specifics of your current mission. Chief Bayes and I are excited to work for you, learn from you and we’re ready to roll up our sleeves, rock the mission and have fun.”

After his remarks, Husemann received his first salute as commander from a formation of Team Dover Airmen, becoming Dover AFB’s 36th wing commander.