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Lutton promotes to Brig. Gen.

New Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, who is headed to the Pentagon to work with the Department of Energy, is presented his Brig. Gen. flag by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Hull, non-commissioned officer in charge of Base Honor Guard, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. The presentation of the General flag is an Air Force tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

New Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, who is headed to the Pentagon to work with the Department of Energy, is presented his Brig. Gen. flag by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Hull, non-commissioned officer in charge of Base Honor Guard, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. The presentation of the General flag is an Air Force tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

New Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, who is headed to the Pentagon to work with the Department of Energy, is presented his Brig. Gen. flag by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Hull, non-commissioned officer in charge of Base Honor Guard, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. The presentation of the General flag is an Air Force tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

New Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, who is headed to the Pentagon to work with the Department of Energy, is presented his Brig. Gen. flag by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Hull, non-commissioned officer in charge of Base Honor Guard, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. The presentation of the General flag is an Air Force tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton recites the oath of enlistment during his promotion ceremony to brigadier general at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton recently relinquished command of the 91st Missile Wing to Col. Colin Connor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton recites the oath of enlistment during his promotion ceremony to brigadier general at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton recently relinquished command of the 91st Missile Wing to Col. Colin Connor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton salutes base Honor Guard as he walks through a cordon at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton was selected and approved for promotion to brigadier general in December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton salutes base Honor Guard as he walks through a cordon at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton was selected and approved for promotion to brigadier general in December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Michael Lutton’s father and mother-in-law place brigadier general rank on his epaulettes during his promotion ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton’s son Kyle was able to virtually attend the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Michael Lutton’s father and mother-in-law place brigadier general rank on his epaulettes during his promotion ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton’s son Kyle was able to virtually attend the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Brig. Gen. Michael  Lutton’s daughter pins on a star during his promotion ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton was selected to be promoted in December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton’s daughter pins on a star during his promotion ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton was selected to be promoted in December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

Col. Michael Lutton, previous 91st Missile Wing commander, laughs during his promotion ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton was selected to be promoted in December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

Col. Michael Lutton, previous 91st Missile Wing commander, laughs during his promotion ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Lutton was selected to be promoted in December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Like any commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, former 91st Missile Wing commander, is transitioning out of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota after his two year mark.

After two years at Minot, he remembers his first lasting impression of the "Magic City."

"I got here the 16th of June 2014 and I thought it was absolutely beautiful," Lutton said. "I like the country outdoor stuff so I really thought it was beautiful."

Getting through the winter, though a lofty goal, wasn't Lutton's only plan for Minot, as he wanted to improve not only base morale, but the efficiency of the mission.

"I wanted to focus on integration across our groups," Lutton said. "Also with our mission partners in the 5th Bomb Wing."

Though it could be looked at as maybe a little biased or subjective, Brig. Gen.. Lutton believes he accomplished those goals handily.

"I think we've done some initial activities to do that, so I'm proud of the Airmen who stepped up," Lutton said. "I think I've gotten them to the point where it will be a successful hand off to the next commander."

A lot of good times can be acquired during a two year period, but Lutton has a few favorites that he will always remember about Minot.

"Just being able to be out in the missile complex with the Airmen," Lutton said. "Whether it's the maintainers, security forces, or operations, it's a lot of good memories being out doing the mission with them."

As advice comes with experience, Brig. Gen. Lutton has his fair share of advice for incoming Airmen.

"I think for anybody coming into the Air Force whether officer or enlisted, we all join for a reason," Lutton said. "Remember what those reasons are and communicate those goals with your leadership so they can help you reach your goals."
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