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Team Minot welcomes new 91st MW commander

Col. Michael Lutton relinquishes his command during the 91st Missile Wing change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Col. Colin Connor, 91st MW commander, came from the Pentagon serving as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

Col. Michael Lutton relinquishes his command during the 91st Missile Wing change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Col. Colin Connor, 91st MW commander, came from the Pentagon serving as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

Col. Colin Connor, 91st Missile Wing commander, speaks to Team Minot during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Col. Colin Connor accepted command of the 91st MW from Col. Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

Col. Colin Connor, 91st Missile Wing commander, speaks to Team Minot during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Col. Colin Connor accepted command of the 91st MW from Col. Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st J.T. Armstrong)

Col. Colin Connor accepts command of the 91st Missile Wing during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Connor is the 32nd commander of the 91st MW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

Col. Colin Connor accepts command of the 91st Missile Wing during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Connor is the 32nd commander of the 91st MW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

Col. Colin Connor gives his first salute as 91st Missile Wing commander during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Connor came from the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., serving as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

Col. Colin Connor gives his first salute as 91st Missile Wing commander during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Connor came from the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., serving as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

The official party stands at attention during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Col. Collin Connor took command from Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

The official party stands at attention during the 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 17, 2016. Col. Collin Connor took command from Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

Col. Kelvin Townsend, vice commander of the 91st Missile Wing, and other members of the 91st MW present a first salute to Col. Colin Connor during the 91st MW change of command ceremony June 17, 2016. Connor assumed command of the 91st MW after serving in Washington, D.C., as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Col. Kelvin Townsend, vice commander of the 91st Missile Wing, and other members of the 91st MW present a first salute to Col. Colin Connor during the 91st MW change of command ceremony June 17, 2016. Connor assumed command of the 91st MW after serving in Washington, D.C., as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Members from the 91st Missile Wing and the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., gather in the Defender Dome to celebrate the 91st MW change of command ceremony June 17, 2016. Col. Colin Connor accepted command of the 91st MW from Col. Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Members from the 91st Missile Wing and the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., gather in the Defender Dome to celebrate the 91st MW change of command ceremony June 17, 2016. Col. Colin Connor accepted command of the 91st MW from Col. Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Col. Colin Connor, commander of the 91st Missile Wing, speaks with an Airman immediately following the 91st MW change of command ceremony June 17, 2016. Connor accepted command of the 91st MW from Col. Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Col. Colin Connor, commander of the 91st Missile Wing, speaks with an Airman immediately following the 91st MW change of command ceremony June 17, 2016. Connor accepted command of the 91st MW from Col. Michael Lutton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Col. Colin Connor accepted command of the 91st Missile Wing from Col. Michael Lutton during 91st MW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, June 17, 2016.

Connor comes to the 91st MW from the Pentagon where he served as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow with duty as Deputy Division Chief Operations Training and Support Division in Joint Staff Operations Directorate in Joint Staff.

Connor said even though the leadership has changed, the mission will not change.

"Our mission stays the same:Safe, secure, intercontinental ballistic missile mission, that's it, bottom line." Connor said.  "My family and I are delighted to be here at Minot. Bully!"

Presiding over the change of command ceremony was 20th Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, who spoke about how Connor's past positions have led him to becoming the leader of the Rough Riders.

"Col. Connor's distinguished career includes a well-rounded pedigree in national level missions, plus unique staff experiences that make him superbly qualified to command this wing," said Cotton. "I am proud to welcome him to the 20th Air Force senior leadership team."

Lutton, who promoted to Brig. Gen. just after the change of command ceremony, will be heading to the Pentagon to support of the Department of Energy.

"Thank you all for what you do every day for our Rough Riders and our nation. Bully!" said Lutton.
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