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81st MSGS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, passes the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, 81st MSGS commander, during the 81st MSGS assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 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, 81st Medical Group commander, passes the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, 81st MSGS commander, during the 81st MSGS assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 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, 81st Medical Group commander, and Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, incoming 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, stand at attention during the 81st MSGS assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2018. Mihata assumed command with the passing of a guidon, which 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, 81st Medical Group commander, and Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, incoming 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, stand at attention during the 81st MSGS assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2018. Mihata assumed command with the passing of a guidon, which 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, 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2018. Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, incoming 81st MSGS commander, assumed command by accepting the guidon from Dolihite during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, delivers remarks during the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2018. Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, incoming 81st MSGS commander, assumed command by accepting the guidon from Dolihite during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Fidler, 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander, reads an event program during the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2018.  The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, incoming 81st MSGS commander, assumed command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Fidler, 81st Mission Support Group deputy commander, reads an event program during the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2018. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, incoming 81st MSGS commander, assumed command during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MSGS assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 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 Lt. Col. Ryan Mihata, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 81st MSGS assumption of command ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 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)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Ryan Mihata, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, took command during an assumption of command ceremony here, July 2.

Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, presided over the ceremony.

“I’m very excited to see you take command of this incredible surgical operations squadron,” said Dolihite. “I am certain that you understand that what we do here absolutely matters down range on the battle field. I know that you have the drive and the passion to train like we fight and lead this great team. You are definitely the right leader at the right time for this squadron.”

Mihata came to Keesler Air Force Base from the 42nd Medical Operations Squadron, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

“I’m honored and privileged to be here but it’s because of our team that we will be great in the future, so I encourage us all to step it up a notch and get out there and get the job done.” said Mihata.