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460th MDG receives new commander

Lt. Col. Shannon Phares, 460th Medical Group commander, receives her first salute from the 460th MDG June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Phares, who previously served as the Air Combat Command Aerospace Physiology Program Manager, assumed command from Col. Matthew Hanson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Lt. Col. Shannon Phares, 460th Medical Group commander, receives her first salute from the 460th MDG June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Phares, who previously served as the Air Combat Command Aerospace Physiology Program Manager, assumed command from Col. Matthew Hanson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

3-	Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Shannon Phares, 460th Medical Group commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The exchanging of the guidon symbolizes the official change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Shannon Phares, 460th Medical Group commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The exchanging of the guidon symbolizes the official change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

2-	Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, receives the guidon from Col. Matthew Hanson, 460th Medical Group outgoing commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The exchanging of the guidon symbolizes the official change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, receives the guidon from Col. Matthew Hanson, 460th Medical Group outgoing commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The exchanging of the guidon symbolizes the official change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, presents the Legion of Merit to Col. Matthew Hanson, 460th Medical Group commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Hanson will be attending U.S. Air Force Air War College after his departure from Buckley AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, presents the Legion of Merit to Col. Matthew Hanson, 460th Medical Group commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Hanson will be attending U.S. Air Force Air War College after his departure from Buckley AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Airmen from the 460th Medical Group render a salute to Lt. Col. Shannon Phares, 460th MDG commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Salutes are rendered to both the incoming and outgoing commanders to symbolize change of authority from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Airmen from the 460th Medical Group render a salute to Lt. Col. Shannon Phares, 460th MDG commander, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Salutes are rendered to both the incoming and outgoing commanders to symbolize change of authority from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Lt. Col. Shannon Phares took command of the 460th Medical Group from Col. Matthew Hanson, June 29, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, presided over the ceremony and transferred the guidon from Hanson to Phares, symbolizing the change of authority from one member to another.

As part of their arrival, each new commander is asked a series of questions to show Team Buckley their personality. Here's Phare's First Five:

What do you love most about medical Airmen?

I appreciate their work ethic and the way they work as a team. If you give them an expectation, they know what the mission is and they make it happen.

How do you feel about the direction the base is taking?

It's a new frontier for me, no pun intended, but i think its going to be pretty fantastic and I think the world has recognized the incredible value of space and the role it plays.

What are you most excited for at Buckley AFB?

Working with the Airmen, big time.


Do you like pineapple on pizza?

Oh yeah, I lived in Hawaii for three years and sweet and salty is the perfect combination. It’s what people are made out of; sweet and salty

What super power would you have and why?

The ability to teleport because you have to be so many places at once and so quickly. It'd be easy to just *teleport sound* here and there.