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Change of command in Utah’s Air, Army National Guard

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Posted at 7:56 PM, Jan 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-11 21:56:58-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Several hundred soldiers in Utah are under new leadership Saturday.

Nearly 1,000 members of the U.S. Air National Guard in Utah have a new commander as command of the 151st Air Refueling Wing was passed on.

Col. Darwin Craig is the new commander, and he has more than 4,100 hours of flight time as well as several years of service in the guard.

Col. Samuel Ramsay was the former commander, and he said he believes the unit is in good hands.

“I have the utmost confidence in Colonel Craig and his team to provide the creative leadership to guide you through these difficult transitions,” he said Saturday.

Craig said he is eager to serve.

“I love these folks, these people I serve with,” he said. “I love this country. I love the Utah National Guard. It’s been a family to me. It’s been a great opportunity to serve along with them, and now it’s my chance to serve them.”

The Army National Guard also saw a change in command as Col. Gordon Behunin became the guard’s new 97th Troop Aviation commander. Behunin will oversee about 40 aircraft and about 800 soldiers. Col. Lamar Blair relinquished command to Behunin.