Maj. Gen. Stoss takes command of 20th AF

Col. Lloyd Buzzell, 20th Air Force vice commander, leads a formation comprised of 20th Air Force Airmen during a change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. The formation represented the Airmen across 20th Air Force within each of the four wings. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Col. Lloyd Buzzell, 20th Air Force vice commander, leads a formation comprised of 20th Air Force Airmen during a change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. The formation represented the Airmen across 20th Air Force within each of the four wings. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Commanders from the 90th Missile Wing, 91st MW, 341st MW and 377th Air Base Wing lead their respective units in formation during the 20th Air Force change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. The 20th Air Force has approximately 10,600 professionals in its ranks charged with the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure, and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Commanders from the 90th Missile Wing, 91st MW, 341st MW and 377th Air Base Wing lead their respective units in formation during the 20th Air Force change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. The 20th Air Force has approximately 10,600 professionals in its ranks charged with the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure, and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Maj. Gen. Fred Stoss, incoming 20th Air Force commander, thanks community members and the Airmen of the 20th Air Force for attending the change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. Stoss’ previous assignment was as the Air Force Global Strike Command director of operations and communications at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure, and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Maj. Gen. Fred Stoss, incoming 20th Air Force commander, thanks community members and the Airmen of the 20th Air Force for attending the change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. Stoss’ previous assignment was as the Air Force Global Strike Command director of operations and communications at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure, and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Maj. Gen. Fred Stoss, incoming 20th Air Force commander, thanks community members and the Airmen of the 20th Air Force for attending the change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. Stoss’ previous assignment was as the Air Force Global Strike Command director of operations and communications at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure, and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Maj. Gen. Fred Stoss, incoming 20th Air Force commander, thanks community members and the Airmen of the 20th Air Force for attending the change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 26, 2018. Stoss’ previous assignment was as the Air Force Global Strike Command director of operations and communications at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The 20th Air Force mission is to prepare the nation's ICBM force to execute safe, secure, and effective nuclear strike operations and to support worldwide combat command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Leadership changed hands at the 20th Air Force during a change of command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, Jan. 26, 2018. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force commander, transferred command to Maj. Gen. Fred Stoss.

After accepting the flag, Stoss expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to command 20th Air Force and emphasized his priorities for the command. 

"The safety of our talented and highly-valued personnel is of paramount importance both on and off duty," said Stoss. "As we perform our vitally-important duties, safety is an integral element of our mission, and we owe it to our personnel, to their families, spouses and children, to ensure they always return to their loved ones."

Stoss encouraged Airmen across 20th Air Force to focus on enhancing lethality, safety and surety.

"My first goal as your commander is to learn your issues and challenges to improve our lethality and readiness and to take care of our people and families across 20th Air Force," said Stoss. "I am in awe of your commitment to our nation, and I look forward to serving shoulder-to-shoulder with you!"

Before relinquishing command, Cotton thanked the Airmen in 20th Air Force for their service in support of the ICBM mission.

"Commanding 20th Air Force has been a privilege for me, but the real honor for Marsha and I was to see you, the Airmen of 20th Air Force, perform and innovate in ways that exceeded expectations," said Cotton. "I am extremely proud of all that you accomplished, and I am excited to see where you take 20th Air Force from here."

Cotton’s next assignment will be at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama where he will take command of Air University.

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