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OG commander bids the base farewell

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's 30th Operations Group commander will bid farewell to California's Central Coast as he heads to his new assignment in Florida, May 29.

After nearly two years as the 30th OG commander, Col. Andre Lovett will leave to become the vice wing commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick AFB, Fla. During his time as the group's commander, Colonel Lovett has had the opportunity to be a part of many meaningful missions as well as navigate through many of the challenges in today's Air Force.

"I have been a part of important launches like the FTG-05 flight test interceptor, and I have had to face modernization challenges like budget reductions and personnel cuts," Colonel Lovett said. "However, the real privilege and honor is the opportunity to lead the nation's most precious resources - the Airmen.

"They are the reason that the 30th Operations Group has been able to achieve 100 percent mission success, and provide and relay the range with 100 percent available tracking data - meeting all user requirements," the colonel added.

Colonel Lovett's leadership of the 30th OG will not stop as he exits the gate to move on to his next assignment. He has left behind advice to the group's Airmen and the officers leading them.

"Everything counts from day one," Colonel Lovett said. "You are being developed to lead from the moment you enter the Air Force. Continue doing what you do and show Col. Gosset (the new commander of the 30th OG) that you are the best in the business."

The people are definitely at the top of the list of things the colonel will miss about Vandenberg, but there will be a few material items that will be missed as well.

"Vandenberg has a great golf course in Marshilla Ranch," he said. "It has a great staff, and it epitomizes the beauty of the central coast."

Twenty-six years in the Air Force have taught the full bird a lot about the Air Force, but Vandenberg will always hold a special place in his heart.

"I have spent six and a half years of my life here," Colonel Lovett said. "I just want to say thank you to the people for the hard work and the memories. This is a great community, great mission and a great team. It has been an honor to serve."