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U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Ryder relinquished command of the 81st MDG and will be heading to the Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she will be the surgeon general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Ryder relinquished command of the 81st MDG and will be heading to the Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she will be the surgeon general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, passes the 81st Medical Group guidon to Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, passes the 81st Medical Group guidon to Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, and Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, congratulate Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, and Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, congratulate Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Dolihite assumed command from Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st MDG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Dolihite assumed command from Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st MDG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Ryder relinquished command of the 81st MDG and will be heading to the Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she will be the surgeon general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Ryder relinquished command of the 81st MDG and will be heading to the Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she will be the surgeon general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 81st Medical Group change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, assumed command from Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st MDG commander, with the passing of the guidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 81st Medical Group change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, assumed command from Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st MDG commander, with the passing of the guidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 81st Medical Group change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, assumed command from Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st MDG commander, with the passing of the guidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 81st Medical Group change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st MDG commander, assumed command from Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st MDG commander, with the passing of the guidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, presents Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, with a Legion of Merit first oak leaf cluster certificate during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Ryder relinquished command of the 81st MDG and will be heading to the Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she will be the surgeon general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, presents Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st Medical Group commander, with a Legion of Merit first oak leaf cluster certificate during the 81st MDG change of command ceremony in the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Ryder relinquished command of the 81st MDG and will be heading to the Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she will be the surgeon general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Col. Beatrice Dolihite, incoming 81st Medical Group commander, took command from Col. Jeannine Ryder, outgoing 81st MDG commander, during a change of command ceremony here June 22.

Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.

Dolihite came to Keesler Air Force Base from the 42nd Medical Group, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

"My role is to serve you and support you as your commander,” said Dolihite. “I will strive to provide you with the tools and resources you need to do your job. I am very excited to work alongside you over the next few years.”

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

"To the men and women of the 81st MDG, I am honored to be your commander,” said Ryder. “Continue to be the best in the Air Force. Continue to give safe quality care. Continue to take care of each other. Continue to do a magnificent job in training our next generation of medics and continue to make our patients feel your compassion and dedication and continue to be the best you can be."

Ryder’s next assignment will be at the Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she will be the surgeon general.