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81st MSGS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group service commander, passes the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Norris Jackson, incoming 81st MSGS commander, during the 81st MSGS change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 9, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. Jackson assumed command from Col. Ryan Mihata, outgoing 81st MSGS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group service commander, passes the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Norris Jackson, incoming 81st MSGS commander, during the 81st MSGS change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 9, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. Jackson assumed command from Col. Ryan Mihata, outgoing 81st MSGS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Norris Jackson, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, addresses his new command during the 81st MSGS change of command ceremony in the Don Wylie Auditorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 9, 2019. Jackson assumed command from Col. Ryan Mihata, outgoing 81st MSGS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Norris Jackson, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, addresses his new command during the 81st MSGS change of command ceremony in the Don Wylie Auditorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 9, 2019. Jackson assumed command from Col. Ryan Mihata, outgoing 81st MSGS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, receives the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron guidon from Col. Ryan Mihata, outgoing 81st MSGS commander, during the 81st MSGS change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 9, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. Mihata passed on command of the 81st MSGS to Lt. Col. Norris Jackson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, receives the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron guidon from Col. Ryan Mihata, outgoing 81st MSGS commander, during the 81st MSGS change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 9, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. Mihata passed on command of the 81st MSGS to Lt. Col. Norris Jackson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Seth Haddix)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Lt. Col. Norris Jackson, incoming 81st Surgical Operations Squadron commander, received command from Col. Ryan Mihata, outgoing 81st MSGS commander, during a change of command ceremony here, July 9.

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

Prior to becoming the 81st MSGS commander, Jackson was the 319th Medical Operations Squadron commander at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.

"I am truly looking forward to this opportunity to serve the 81st MSGS,” said Jackson.

Mihata credits every part of the 81st MSGS for the success during his time as commander.

“This is about the surgical operators, Airmen, active-duty members, reservists, guardsmen, civilian employees and the contractors,” said Mihata. “We all contributed to the success of the 81st MSGS. I want to thank you for that.”

Mihata’s next assignment will be at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he will be the commander of the 86th Medical Group.