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U.S. Air Force Maj. Jill Heliker, 336th Training Squadrom commander, returns a first salute to Airmen during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 2018. Heliker assumed command from Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jill Heliker, 336th Training Squadrom commander, returns a first salute to Airmen during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 2018. Heliker assumed command from Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen from the 336th Training Squadron participate in the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 2018. U.S. Air Force Maj. Jill Heliker, incoming 336th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th TRS commander, with the passing of the guidon. 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)

Airmen from the 336th Training Squadron participate in the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 2018. U.S. Air Force Maj. Jill Heliker, incoming 336th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th TRS commander, with the passing of the guidon. 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. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 2018. Schmitt relinquished command to Maj. Jill Heliker, incoming 336th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 2018. Schmitt relinquished command to Maj. Jill Heliker, incoming 336th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, takes the 336th Training Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th TRS commander, during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 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. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, takes the 336th Training Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th TRS commander, during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 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. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, passes the 336th Training Squadron guidon to Maj. Jill Heliker, 336th TRS commander, during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 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. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, passes the 336th Training Squadron guidon to Maj. Jill Heliker, 336th TRS commander, during the 336th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 23, 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. --

Maj. Jill Heliker, incoming 336th Training Squadron commander, took command from Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, outgoing 336th TRS commander, during a change of command ceremony here July 23.

Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, presided over the ceremony.

Heliker came to Keesler Air Force Base from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where she was a student of the Air University Intermediate Development Education Fellowship.

"I humbly accept the challenge that lies ahead,” said Heliker. I am incredibly honored and privileged to lead such a phenomenal group of men and women. I look forward to serving beside you and I cannot wait to get down to business doing what we do best.

Schmitt expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the 336th TRS in his final address as commander.

“To my peers, the leadership team, thanks for being my wingmen,” said Schmitt.The personal ties and friendships that have grown over the years. It has truly been my honor to serve as your commander.”

Schmitt’s next assignment will be at the Air Combat Command Directorate of Communications, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where he will be the chief of warfighting capabilities and integration division.