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81st AMDS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice T. Dolihite, 81st Medical Group service commander, passes the 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Catherine M. Callender, incoming 81st AMDS commander, during the 81st AMDS change of command ceremony inside the Roberts Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 4, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice T. Dolihite, 81st Medical Group service commander, passes the 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Catherine M. Callender, incoming 81st AMDS commander, during the 81st AMDS change of command ceremony inside the Roberts Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 4, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Blowers, incoming 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 81st AMDS change of command ceremony inside the Roberts Mainteanance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 4, 2019. Blowers passed on command of the 81st AMDS to Lt. Col.Catherine Callender.(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Blowers, incoming 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander, delivers remarks during the 81st AMDS change of command ceremony inside the Roberts Mainteanance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 4, 2019. Blowers passed on command of the 81st AMDS to Lt. Col.Catherine Callender.(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice T. Dolihite, 81st Medical Group service commander, receives the 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Michael A. Blowers, outgoing 81st AMDS commander, during the 81st AMDS change of command ceremony inside the Roberts Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 4, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice T. Dolihite, 81st Medical Group service commander, receives the 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Michael A. Blowers, outgoing 81st AMDS commander, during the 81st AMDS change of command ceremony inside the Roberts Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 4, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Lt. Col. Catherine M. Callender, incoming 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander, received command from Lt. Col. Michael A. Blowers, outgoing 81st AMDS commander, during a change of command ceremony here, June 4.

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

Callendar was previously the commander of the 412th Medical Operations Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

"I’m confident we’ll continue to excel in all our endeavors, and sustain the highest standards of medical care,” said Callender.

Blowers next assignment will be at at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where he will be the team lead of the 711th Human Performance Initiative and chief of the Biomedical Services Core.

“It was a privilege being able to work with those within the squadron,” said Blowers. “They made all things possible. It has truly been a pleasure to work with them and I have learned a lot.”