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51st FW Change of Command

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Brig. Gen. Jason Rueschhoff, 7th Air Force deputy commander, left, presents the ceremonial guidon to Col. Joshua Wood, 51st Fighter Wing inbound commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Rueschhoff is a command pilot with over 2,700 hours in the A-10A/C and F35, including 267 combat hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

The 51st Fighter Wing honor guard posts the colors during the 51st Fighter Wing change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. The change of command ceremony is deeply rooted in military tradition that dates back to the reign of King Frederick of Prussia and has persisted into modern day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Brig. Gen. Jason Rueschhoff, 7th Air Force deputy commander, speaks at the 51st Fighter Wing change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Rueschhoff talked about the 51st FW’s history and achievements under Col. John Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing outbound commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Brig. Gen. Jason Rueschhoff, 7th Air Force deputy commander, left, receives the ceremonial guidon from Col. John Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing outbound commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. This act marks the official end of Gonzales’ tenure as commander of the 51st FW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Col. John Gonzales, U.S. Air Force 51st Fighter Wing outbound commander, right, receives a plaque commemorating a letter of appreciation from Maj. Gen. Han Joo Park, Republic of Korea Air Force Operations Command vice commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. This plaque was awarded in recognition of Gonzales’ efforts to reinforce military cooperation and promote friendship between both nations’ air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Brig. Gen. Jason Rueschhoff, 7th Air Force deputy commander, left, awards the Legion of Merit to Col. John Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing outbound commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Gonzales earned the Legion of Merit for his meritorious conduct in the performance of his duties as 51st FW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Col. Joshua Wood, 51st Fighter Wing inbound commander, speaks at the 51st FW change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Wood is a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and of the United States Air Force Weapons School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Col. Joshua Wood, 51st Fighter Wing inbound commander, presents his wife with flowers at the 51st FW change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. It is customary to present the families of the inbound and outbound officers with tokens of appreciation for supporting the commander as they undertake their leadership responsibilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.

Col. Joshua Wood, 51st Fighter Wing inbound commander, kisses his son’s head at the 51st FW change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Wood’s family traveled with him to South Korea, where they will live during his tenure as commander of the 51st FW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Lorance)

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51st Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 25, 2021. Col. John Gonzales transferred command of the 51st FW to Col. Joshua Wood.