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460th Space Wing welcomes new commander

Members of the 460th Space Wing render a salute for the first time to Col. Devin Pepper, 460th SW commander, during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Members of the 460th Space Wing render a salute for the first time to Col. Devin Pepper, 460th SW commander, during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, presided over the ceremony, a time-honored tradition where the incoming commander assumes authority over the unit after it was relinquished by the previous commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

Mile-High Honor Guardsmen present the colors during the playing of the national anthem at the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Mile-High Honor Guardsmen present the colors during the playing of the national anthem at the 460th Space Wing change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, 14th Air Force commander, presents the guidon to Col. Devin Pepper, 460th Space Wing commander, during a Change of Command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, 14th Air Force commander, presents the guidon to Col. Devin Pepper, 460th Space Wing commander, during a Change of Command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Receiving the guidon symbolizes the acceptance of responsibility Pepper will take as he becomes the newest commander of the 460th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, speaks to the wing for the final time as their commander during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, speaks to the wing for the final time as their commander during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, presided over the ceremony, a time-honored tradition where the incoming commander assumes authority over the unit after it was relinquished by the previous commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, 14th Air Force commander, presents the Legion of Merit medal to Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, at the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, 14th Air Force commander, presents the Legion of Merit medal to Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, at the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. During the ceremony Col. David Pepper assumed command of the 460th SW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, 14th Air Force commander, receives the guidon from Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, 14th Air Force commander, receives the guidon from Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Passing the guidon symbolizes the change of responsibility for commanders of the 460th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

Col. Devin Pepper, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks to his wing for the first time during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May, 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Col. Devin Pepper, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks to his wing for the first time during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May, 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, presided over the ceremony, a time-honored tradition where the incoming commander assumes authority over the unit after it was relinquished by the previous commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, renders a final salute to the wing during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing outgoing commander, renders a final salute to the wing during the 460th SW change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, presided over the ceremony, which is a time-honored tradition where the incoming commander assumes authority over the unit after it was relinquished by the previous commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Eigel)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 460th Space Wing welcomed new leadership during a change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, here.

Col. Devin Pepper, 460th SW commander, took command of the wing from outgoing commander, Col. Troy Endicott.

Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, 14th Air Force commander, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, officiated the ceremony and provided opening remarks.

“The space effects delivered to our nation and joint force through the capabilities that you provide from this wing are the foundation for the American way of the world,” said Whiting. “These are two of the best leaders our Air Force has to offer, and I am honored to participate in their ceremony.”

Pepper joins the 460th SW after serving as the 21st Operations Group commander, Peterson Air Force Base.

“I am honored to be your wing commander,” said Pepper. “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities we will have together. We will have a significant role in protecting our nation and its assets from threats around the globe.”

While Endicott’s time as commander here was shorter than the normal two-year tour, he has been selected for promotion to brigadier general and will be taking his talents to the white house to serve on the National Security Council staff.

“Thank you for the privilege to lead you. It’s been the utmost honor of my professional career,” said Endicott. “My wife Tammy and I will remain your biggest champions as you’ve been our most treasured sources of inspiration.”

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