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144th Fighter Wing Change of Command

Airmen assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing stand in formation during a change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake assumed command of the 144th FW from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison, who will continue his service as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air California National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Klynne Pearl Serrano)

Airmen assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing stand in formation during a change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake assumed command of the 144th FW from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison, who will continue his service as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air California National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Klynne Pearl Serrano)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison, 144th Fighter Wing outgoing commander, speaks at the 144th FW change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. Garrison relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Klynne Pearl Serrano)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison, 144th Fighter Wing outgoing commander, speaks at the 144th FW change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. Garrison relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Klynne Pearl Serrano)

U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake, 144th Fighter Wing commander, speaks at the 144th FW change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. Drake assumed command from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Klynne Pearl Serrano)

U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake, 144th Fighter Wing commander, speaks at the 144th FW change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. Drake assumed command from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Klynne Pearl Serrano)

Airmen salute in formation during the 144th Fighter Wing Change of Command ceremony here April 2, 2016. The incoming commander Col. Reed Drake assumed command after outgoing commander  Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison relinquished command by the passing of the guidon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

Airmen salute in formation during the 144th Fighter Wing Change of Command ceremony here April 2, 2016. The incoming commander Col. Reed Drake assumed command after outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison relinquished command by the passing of the guidon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon Kelk, commander, California Air National Guard, speaks during the 144th Fighter Wing change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake assumed command of the 144th FW from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon Kelk, commander, California Air National Guard, speaks during the 144th Fighter Wing change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2, 2016. U.S. Air Force Col. Reed Drake assumed command of the 144th FW from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Martin, 144th Maintenance Squadron crew chief,  unveils Col. Reed Drake's, the incoming commander, name on the wing's flagship F-15 during the change of command ceremony here April 2, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Martin, 144th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, unveils Col. Reed Drake's, the incoming commander, name on the wing's flagship F-15 during the change of command ceremony here April 2, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

Col. Reed Drake, incoming 144th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to family, distinguished guests and members of the 144th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2 , 2016. The change of command ceremony is a visible means of passing the reins of command from the departing commander to the new commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

Col. Reed Drake, incoming 144th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to family, distinguished guests and members of the 144th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony at the Fresno Air National Guard Base April 2 , 2016. The change of command ceremony is a visible means of passing the reins of command from the departing commander to the new commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

FRESNO AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE , Calif. -- Colonel Reed Drake assumed command of the 144th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony held here today.

Col. Drake assumed command from Brig. Gen. Clay Garrison who takes on the role of Assistant Adjutant General - Air, California National Guard.

Major General Jon Kelk, commander, California Air National Guard, was present to officiate the ceremony.

"Command is about one thing and that's about trust," said Kelk, "today we entrust the men, women, and the mission of the 144th Fighter Wing to Col. Drake."

As Kelk spoke during the ceremony he brought up the role Airmen play in making the wing and the wing commander successful.

"We have to do two things: be trained and ready Airmen, and take care of each other. If we do these two things we will help to ensure that Col. Drake is successful in his new role as commander," said Kelk.

As he relinquished command, Garrison took a moment to highlight some of the challenges and accomplishments during his tenure.

"We started two and a half years ago converting to the F-15 from the F-16. The Air Force gives you 36 months and this wing did it in 29 months. That doesn't happen without a tremendous effort," said Garrison. "It has been my great honor and privilege to have served with you and to have been your commander and I would go to war with anyone of you any day of the week and win."

Drake took a moment to speak to the men and women of the 144th Fighter Wing as he assumed the role of commander.

"To the men and women of the 144th Fighter Wing I'm humbled and honored to be your next wing commander and to have this opportunity to continue serving beside each and every one of you," said Drake.

Colonel Drake is a command pilot with over 4,600 hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16 and F-15.