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81st MDTS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, passes the guidon to Col. Trent Tate, incoming 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 27, 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 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, passes the guidon to Col. Trent Tate, incoming 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 27, 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 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, takes the guidon from Col. Stephanie Buffett, outgoing 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 27, 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 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, takes the guidon from Col. Stephanie Buffett, outgoing 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 27, 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 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss --

Col. Trent Tate, incoming 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron commander, gained command from Col. Stephanie Buffett, outgoing 81st MDTS commander, during a change of command ceremony here, June 27.

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

“My priorities are three fold: mission first, people always and America forever,” said Tate. “It is truly an honor to be able to serve this patient population.”

Tate was previously assigned to the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, before moving to Mississippi to take command of the 81st MDTS.

“I’d like to extend a welcome to Tate and his family,” said Buffett. “It’s been a privilege serving with a cadre of senior leaders that not only get the mission accomplished, but collaborate to make lives better for our Airmen and the ones they serve.”