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Defenders welcome new commander

U.S. Air Force Maj, Michael Olson, incoming 14th Security Forces Squadron commander, salutes his new unit during a change of command ceremony, June 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The 14th SFS is responsible for wing resource protection valued at over $340 million, crime prevention, unit security programs and combat arms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Maj, Michael Olson, incoming 14th Security Forces Squadron commander, salutes his new unit during a change of command ceremony, June 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The 14th SFS is responsible for wing resource protection valued at over $340 million, crime prevention, unit security programs and combat arms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Cody Elliot, outgoing 14th Security Forces Squadron commander, thanks many personnel who has impacted his career as commander during a change of command ceremony, June 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Elliott worked tirelessly to bring advancements to the 14th SFS such as a new armory which resulted in defenders being more proficient during turn-over times.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Cody Elliot, outgoing 14th Security Forces Squadron commander, thanks many personnel who has impacted his career as commander during a change of command ceremony, June 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Elliott worked tirelessly to bring advancements to the 14th SFS such as a new armory which resulted in defenders being more proficient during turn-over times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Maj. Cody Elliott handed over the reigns as 14th Security Forces Squadron commander to Maj. Michael Olson, during a change of command ceremony, June 7, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

Olson is a career defender, previously serving as operations officer at the Central Command area of responsibility on Tinker AFB and flight Commander and officer in charge for convoy support for missile security on Malmstrom AFB.

“I feel confident that you are going to succeed here,” said Elliott to Olsen during his parting remarks. “This squadron is getting an outstanding commander.”

According to Col. Jeffrey Welborn, 14th Mission Support Group commander, under the command of Elliott, the 14th SFS built a new armory that centralized arming and preparation, saving over 5,000 man hours per year, resulting in defenders getting on patrol quicker.

The squadron maintains 24-hour law enforcement, security and antiterrorism force protection for a base community of 10,000 personnel.

“It is a true honor to get to take over this unit,” said Olson. “It is a true testament to Elliott’s leadership and guidance on how phenomenal this unit has been. It is a privilege to step in as the Security Forces commander.”