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338th TRS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, takes the 338th Training Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander, during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 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 338th Training Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander, during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 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 338th Training Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th TRS commander, during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 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 338th Training Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th TRS commander, during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 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. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 2018. Johnson assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 2018. Johnson assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 2018. Johnson assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 2018. Johnson assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 338th Training Squadron change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 2018. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel, families and friends attend the 338th Training Squadron change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 2018. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th TRS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 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. Michael Zink, outgoing 338th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 338th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 26, 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. Andre Johnson, incoming 338th Training Squadron commander, took command from Lt. Col. Michael Zink, outgoing 338thTRS commander, during a change of command ceremony here, July 26.

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

Johnson came to Keesler Air Force Base from Royal Air Force Croughton, England, where he was the 422nd Communications Squadron commander.

“To command is an honor and a privilege,” said Johnson. “Not only am I blessed to have the opportunity to lead the Dark Knights and be a part of this exceptional dragon leadership team, I recognize that I am also blessed to have the opportunity to impact the future of our Air Force’s greatest weapon...our Airmen.”

Zink expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the 338th TRS in his final address as commander.

It’s easy to be a commander when you’re surrounded by great people,” said Zink.Watching you instructors at work every day and work with the students inspired me to be a better commander. I am humbled and honored to have been your commander for the past two years. It’s been extraordinary. Once a Dark Knight, always a Dark Knight!”

Zink’s next assignment will be at the U.S. Air Force in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he will serve as the deputy director of cyber forces.