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334th TRS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, passes the 334th Training Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Harry James, 334th TRS commander, during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. 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 334th Training Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Harry James, 334th TRS commander, during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. 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 334th Training Squadron recites the squadron's chant during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th 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 334th Training Squadron recites the squadron's chant during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th 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. Harry James, incoming 334th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. Prior to becoming the 334th TRS commander, James worked within the same squadron as the director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th Training Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. Prior to becoming the 334th TRS commander, James worked within the same squadron as the director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, presents the Meritorious Service medal to Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th Training Squadron commander, during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. Wilson passed on command to Lt. Col. Harry James during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, presents the Meritorious Service medal to Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th Training Squadron commander, during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. Wilson passed on command to Lt. Col. Harry James during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Leo Lawson Jr., 81st Training Group commander, takes the 334th Training Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th TRS commander, during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. 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 334th Training Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th TRS commander, during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. 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, Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th Training Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th TRS commander, sit on stage during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. James assumed command from Wilson 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 Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., 81st Training Group commander, Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th Training Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th TRS commander, sit on stage during the 334th TRS change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. James assumed command from Wilson 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)

The Keesler Honor Guard presents the colors during the 334th Training Squadron change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th 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)

The Keesler Honor Guard presents the colors during the 334th Training Squadron change of command ceremony in the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 23, 2019. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th TRS commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th 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)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Lt. Col. Harry James, incoming 334th Training Squadron commander, took command from Lt. Col. Billy Wilson, Jr., outgoing 334th TRS commander, during a change of command ceremony here May 23.

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

Prior to becoming the 334th TRS commander, James worked within the same squadron as the director of operations.

"I am truly humbled to be part of this community and the organization,” said James. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead the Airmen, civilians and military professionals in the 334th TRS.”

Wilson expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the 334th TRS in his final address as commander.

A heartfelt thank you to the men and women of the 334th,” said Wilson.For your devotion, for your professionalism and for trusting me to serve along side you, Aim High.”

Wilson’s next assignment will be at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he will be the airfield operations force development branch chief.