582nd HG welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force and Task Force 214 commander, passes the guidon to Col. Joshua Bowman, 582nd Helicopter Group commander, during the 582nd HG change-of-command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 13, 2017. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. David Smith. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force and Task Force 214 commander, passes the guidon to Col. Joshua Bowman, 582nd Helicopter Group commander, during the 582nd HG change-of-command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., June 13, 2017. The ceremony signified the transition of command from Col. David Smith. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Col. Joshua Bowman took command of the 582nd Helicopter Group during a change-of-command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, June 13, 2017.

 

Col. David Smith, outgoing commander, will continue his Air Force career in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

A change-of-command ceremony is a tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander.