After four and a half years in charge of the 155th Air Refueling Wing, Brigadier General Richard Evans is passing the flag to a new leader.
Colonel Keith Schell took command in a ceremony at the Air National Guard Base in Lincoln on Sunday.
Schell says, "I'm very excited to lead in the future. We've got a lot of stuff that is facing us, but I know our unit members will stand up and they'll meet every task that we have."
General Evans says it's a bittersweet moment.
He's excited for new challenges and proud of what the unit has accomplished, saying "the unit performed outstandingly, whether it was a state mission, for example the Missouri River floods last year, or a federal mission, we have people deployed around the world at any given time including today. Every single one of those tests we aced."
The 155th Refueling Wing is part of the Nebraska Air National Guard.
Its members have a prestigious history, serving on missions at home and abroad.
It's a tradition of excellence the new commander hopes to continue.
Schell says, "I want to ensure that we're doing things right around the world, we're doing things effective, we're meeting our taskings, and I know our members do a great job."
The former Wing Commander does have some advice for the new man in charge.
Evans says, "I think you need to focus on the people, because that's who will take care of the mission for us, and everything else will fall into place after that."