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99th MDG welcomes new commander

Col. Suzie Dietz, 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron commander, stands in front of a flight of Airmen during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th IPTS is responsible for delivering safe care for Department of Defense patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Suzie Dietz, 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron commander, stands in front of a flight of Airmen during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th IPTS is responsible for delivering safe care for Department of Defense patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Airmen gather for the 99th Medical Group change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th MDG provides medical care to Department of Defense beneficiaries to ensure maximum wartime readiness and combat capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Airmen gather for the 99th Medical Group change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th MDG provides medical care to Department of Defense beneficiaries to ensure maximum wartime readiness and combat capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Airmen assigned to the 99th Medical Group render a salute during the playing of the National Anthem at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The Airmen were part of the initial flight of Airmen during a change of command ceremony for the 99th MDG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Airmen assigned to the 99th Medical Group render a salute during the playing of the National Anthem at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The Airmen were part of the initial flight of Airmen during a change of command ceremony for the 99th MDG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Chief Master Sgt. Nicole Owens, 99th Medical Group superintendent, Col. Virginia Garner, 99th MDG outgoing commander, and Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th MDG incoming commander, laugh during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. Change of command ceremonies are a military tradition and dates back to the time of Frederick the Great of Prussia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Chief Master Sgt. Nicole Owens, 99th Medical Group superintendent, Col. Virginia Garner, 99th MDG outgoing commander, and Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th MDG incoming commander, laugh during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. Change of command ceremonies are a military tradition and dates back to the time of Frederick the Great of Prussia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Cavan Craddock, 99th Air Base Wing commander, awards a Legion of Merit to Col. Virginia Garner, 99th Medical Group commander during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptional service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Cavan Craddock, 99th Air Base Wing commander, awards a Legion of Merit to Col. Virginia Garner, 99th Medical Group commander during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptional service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group incoming commander, assumes command from Col. Cavan Craddock, 99th Air Base Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. Flowers’ last command was for the 52nd Medical Group at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group incoming commander, assumes command from Col. Cavan Craddock, 99th Air Base Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. Flowers’ last command was for the 52nd Medical Group at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group commander, receives his first salute from Col. Suzie Dietz, 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th MDG ensures medical care for more than 10,000 active duty personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group commander, receives his first salute from Col. Suzie Dietz, 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th MDG ensures medical care for more than 10,000 active duty personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group commander, speaks during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. One of Flowers’ priorities as commander is supporting the community and providing exceptional levels of health care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group commander, speaks during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. One of Flowers’ priorities as commander is supporting the community and providing exceptional levels of health care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group commander, greets Col. Mathew Boschert, 99th Mission Support Group commander, during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th MDG provides medical care to Department of Defense beneficiaries to ensure maximum wartime readiness and combat capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Col. Alfred Flowers Jr., 99th Medical Group commander, greets Col. Mathew Boschert, 99th Mission Support Group commander, during a change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 29, 2018. The 99th MDG provides medical care to Department of Defense beneficiaries to ensure maximum wartime readiness and combat capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --

The 99th Medical Group held a change of command ceremony June 29, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Col. Virginia Garner, 99th MDG outgoing commander, was responsible for a patent population of over 10,000 active duty members and more than 238,000 Department of Defense Veteran’s Affairs eligible beneficiaries.

“We asked our team to focus on readiness, patient safety, our teaching mission and continuous process improvement,” said Garner. “It’s been my honor and privilege to be a part of this team and I will miss you all.”

Col. Al Flowers Jr., 99th MDG incoming commander, said he was looking forward to working with the men and women that make up the 99th Air Base Wing.

“I look forward to taking the next steps in this exciting journey with you,” said Flowers. “Together, we will enable mission success by delivering innovative support.”

Change of command ceremonies are deeply rooted in military history. In modern day ceremonies, the flag is symbolic and is used to indicate authority over a unit. The outgoing commander surrenders the flag to the incoming commander, who at that moment assumes command.

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