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Lt. Col. Macasek takes command of 49th Fighter Training Squadron

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Col. Stan Lawrie, 14th Operations Group Commander, passes the 49th Fighter Training Squadron Guidon to Lt. Col. John Macasek, the new 49th FTS Commander, June 16, 2017, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The passing of the guidon has been a military tradition dating back to ancient times. The troops of the old commander would assemble and salute him one last time, then the new commander would receive the guidon, symbolizing he is taking charge of the troops, and the troops would then welcome the new commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Melissa Doublin)