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81st LRS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, passes command of the 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron to Maj. Matthew Roberts, 81st LRS commander, during the 81st LRS change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, passes command of the 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron to Maj. Matthew Roberts, 81st LRS commander, during the 81st LRS change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, passed on command of the 81st LRS to Maj. Matthew Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, passed on command of the 81st LRS to Maj. Matthew Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, presents the Meritorious Service Medal certificate to Lt. Col. Melissa Rativa, outgoing 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, during the 81st LRS change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. Rativa relinquished command of the 81st LRS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, presents the Meritorious Service Medal certificate to Lt. Col. Melissa Rativa, outgoing 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, during the 81st LRS change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. Rativa relinquished command of the 81st LRS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, Lt. Col. Melissa Rativa, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron outgoing commander, and Maj. Matthew Roberts, incoming 81st LRS commander, applaud during the 81st LRS change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. Davis passed on command of the 81st LRS to Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, Lt. Col. Melissa Rativa, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron outgoing commander, and Maj. Matthew Roberts, incoming 81st LRS commander, applaud during the 81st LRS change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2018. The ceremony is a symbol of command being exchanged from one commander to the next by the hand off of a ceremonial guidon. Davis passed on command of the 81st LRS to Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Maj. Matthew Roberts, incoming 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, took command from Lt. Col. Melissa Rativa, outgoing 81st LRS commander, during a change of command ceremony here  May 23.

Col. Danny Davis, 81st Mission Support Group commander, presided over the ceremony.

Roberts came to Keesler Air Force Base from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he served as the Air Force Institute of Technology professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

"To the men and women of the 81st LRS I am beyond excited to be your commander," said Roberts.

Rativa expressed her gratitude to the men and women of the 81st LRS in her final address as commander. 

"There's been no greater professional glory in my life and absolute privilege than to lead and serve as the 81st LRS commander," said Rativa.