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OG welcomes new commander

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Col. David Buck, the 30th Space Wing commander, gives the command of the 30th Operations Group to Col. Todd Gossett during a change of command ceremony here May 29. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Col. David Buck, the 30th Space Wing commander, gives the command of the 30th Operations Group to Col. Todd Gossett during a change of command ceremony here May 29. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The former Chief of Strategic Operations Division, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C., assumed command of the 30th Operations Group here May 29 at 10 a.m. during a change of command ceremony in front of the base headquarters building.

Col. Todd Gossett will replace Col. Andre Lovett, who will leave to become the vice wing commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., after two years as Vandenberg's 30th OG commander.

Colonel Gossett received his commissioning through the Reserve Officer Training Corps after graduating from the University of North Carolina, N.C., in 1988, and has served in a variety of space and missile assignments. After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School in1998, he became a weapons and tactics officer for the 14th Air Force. He has served on the Air Staff as deputy chief of the action group for the Air and Space Operations deputy chief of staff, and on the Joint Staff as branch chief of Ballistic Missile Defense Operations. Colonel Gossett also served as the commander of the 76th Space Control Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Colonel Gossett has a master's degree in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; a master's degree in Military Operations Arts and Sciences from Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.; and a master's degree in National Security Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare, Newport, R.I.

"To the men and women of the 30th Operations Group, I look forward to this challenge and to working with all of you during the next two years," said Colonel Gossett.