CAFB welcomes new 14th MSG commander

Colonel Mark Brown assumed command of the 14th Mission Support Group Thursday at a ceremony at CAFB's Ceremonial Plaza. He is seen here receiving the unit guideon from Colonel Dave Gerber, 14th Flying Training Wing Commander. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Kenn Brown)

Colonel Mark Brown assumed command of the 14th Mission Support Group Thursday at a ceremony at CAFB's Ceremonial Plaza. He is seen here receiving the unit guideon from Colonel Dave Gerber, 14th Flying Training Wing Commander. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Kenn Brown)

Colonel Mark Brown, 14th Mission Support Group Commander, delivers a speech at the 14th Mission Support Group Change of Command Thursday morning. Colonel Eugene Willett relinquished command of the 14th MSG to Colonel Brown. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Colonel Mark Brown, 14th Mission Support Group Commander, delivers a speech at the 14th Mission Support Group Change of Command Thursday morning. Colonel Eugene Willett relinquished command of the 14th MSG to Colonel Brown. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 14th Mission Support Group salute Colonel Mark Brown, 14th Mission Support Group Commander, at the Change of Command Thursday morning. Colonel Eugene Willett relinquished command of the 14th MSG to Colonel Brown. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

Members of the 14th Mission Support Group salute Colonel Mark Brown, 14th Mission Support Group Commander, at the Change of Command Thursday morning. Colonel Eugene Willett relinquished command of the 14th MSG to Colonel Brown. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Colonel Eugene Willett relinquished command of the 14th Mission Support Group to Col. Mark Brown Thursday during a ceremony at Columbus Air Force Base's Ceremonial Plaza.
Colonel Brown was Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense
Comptroller at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., before coming to the 14th MSG.
"It is a great day to be in the Air Force, an innovative AF at a time of change. It is a great day, especially, to be in one that has cultivated in places like Columbus, Colonel Brown said. "What a great place to get a chance to join and what a great team to be on."
Colonel Brown said to the men and women of the 14th MSG, "I will take every moment to earn the right to lead you in the way our great Air Force will have me to do."
Colonel Brown also gave thanks to Colonel Willett for being such a good leader before him and for leaving CAFB in top shape.
"There is one thing I know will not change, the 14th MSG will continue to have great leadership," Col. Dave Gerber, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, said during his opening remarks.
Colonel Willett will retire from active duty today and pursue a career as a high school science teacher in Missouri.
"To the men and women of the 14th Mission Support Group, it has been my honor to be your commander for these past two years," said Colonel Willett. "You are outstanding and it has been my honor to be part of the BLAZE Team."
The 14th Mission Support Group provides essential services with five-squadrons, more than 750 person work force and $38 million budget. It operates and maintains facilities and infrastructure for a CAFB and provides contracting, law enforcement, supply, transportation, fire protection, communications, education, recreation and personnel management for 9,500 people. The group is also responsible for wartime preparedness and contingency operations.