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911th Operations Group gains new commander

Col. Gregory D. Buchanan, commander of the 911th Operations Group, accepts the guide-on from 911th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge during an assumption of command ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Jan. 6, 2019. Buchanan assumed command after having served a total of over two years as the interim 911th OG commander during various deployments and contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marjorie A. Schurr)

Col. Gregory D. Buchanan, commander of the 911th Operations Group, accepts the guide-on from 911th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge during an assumption of command ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Jan. 6, 2019. Buchanan assumed command after having served a total of over two years as the interim 911th OG commander during various deployments and contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marjorie A. Schurr)

Col. Gregory D. Buchanan, 911th Operations Group commander, addresses Airmen of the 911th OG during an assumption of command ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Jan. 6, 2019. Buchanan assumed command in front of friends, family, and Airmen with whom he has served alongside for years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marjorie A. Schurr)

Col. Gregory D. Buchanan, 911th Operations Group commander, addresses Airmen of the 911th OG during an assumption of command ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Jan. 6, 2019. Buchanan assumed command in front of friends, family, and Airmen with whom he has served alongside for years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marjorie A. Schurr)

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. --

Airmen, family and members of local Pittsburgh organizations gathered to witness an assumption of command ceremony here Jan. 5, 2019.

Col. Gregory Buchanan accepted command of the 911th Operations Group from Col. Douglas Strawbridge, commander of the 911th Airlift Wing.

“It’s an extreme honor to serve as your operations group commander,” Buchanan said. “I’m serving with you and serving for you to impact this mission.”

He continued to speak on the heritage of the 911th AW, and his new role as the group commander. 

“I know with this group on the watch, we’re going to impact the mission,” Buchanan said, addressing the Airmen in attendance. “My job is very simple: It’s to remove all obstacles so you guys can do your job.”

Buchanan is filling an import role for the 911th AW as it continues preparations for a conversion to the C-17 Globemaster III airframe.

“Nobody is joining to become part of an organization. We all joined to be part of a team,” Strawbridge said. “With teams you have to have a leader you trust to make the right decisions, and we have that in (Buchanan).”