Col. Mark Weatherington relinquished command of the 28th Bomb Wing at the Ellsworth Air Force Base, to Col. Kevin Kennedy in front of family, friends, colleges, and distinguished guests.
After two years at Ellsworth, Weatherington will move to Washington D.C. to work at the Pentagon.
Described as a great strategist, Kennedy comes to Ellsworth after spending last year as the Director, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Strategie Studies Group in Washington D.C.
He is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flight hours.
Furthermore, Kennedy has three masters degrees and a number of accolades as a pilot.
He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1990.
The 28th Bomb Wing is the largest B-1 combat wing in the U.S. Air Force, with 28 aircraft and more that 4,300 military and civilian members.
The wing is also home to the 432nd Attack Squadron, which controls the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft.