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U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds (right), 1st Fighter Wing commander, assumes command of the 1st FW during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. Hinds is a command pilot with more than 2,100 flying hours earned primarily in the F-22 Raptor and F-15C Eagle aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds (right), 1st Fighter Wing commander, assumes command of the 1st FW during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. Hinds is a command pilot with more than 2,100 flying hours earned primarily in the F-22 Raptor and F-15C Eagle aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler (right), former 1st Fighter Wing commander, relinquishes command of the 1st FW during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. The 1st FW is comprised of six squadrons of more than 1,300 members who employ and sustain worldwide rapid deployment of more than 40 F-22 Raptor aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler (right), former 1st Fighter Wing commander, relinquishes command of the 1st FW during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. The 1st FW is comprised of six squadrons of more than 1,300 members who employ and sustain worldwide rapid deployment of more than 40 F-22 Raptor aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing stand in formation, saluting during the 1st FW Change of Command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. Former commander of the 1st FW, U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, reliquinshed command and passed it to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing stand in formation, saluting during the 1st FW Change of Command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. Former commander of the 1st FW, U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, reliquinshed command and passed it to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Airmen attend the 1st Fighter Wing change of command, where U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command of the 1st FW to U.S. Air Foce Col. Jason Hinds, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 23, 2017. The 1st FW has a 100 year heritage that stretches back to World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Airmen attend the 1st Fighter Wing change of command, where U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command of the 1st FW to U.S. Air Foce Col. Jason Hinds, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 23, 2017. The 1st FW has a 100 year heritage that stretches back to World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds, 1st Fighter Wing commander, addresses the wing after assuming command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 23, 2017. Hinds assumed command of the 1st FW from U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler during the change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Stong )

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds, 1st Fighter Wing commander, addresses the wing after assuming command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 23, 2017. Hinds assumed command of the 1st FW from U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler during the change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Stong )

U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Andre, 1st Maintenance Group commander, hangs a streamer for a meritorious unit award during the 1st Fighter Wing Change of Command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command after two years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Andre, 1st Maintenance Group commander, hangs a streamer for a meritorious unit award during the 1st Fighter Wing Change of Command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command after two years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Langley Air Force Base Honor Guard members present the colors during the 1st Fighter Wing change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds after two years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

Langley Air Force Base Honor Guard members present the colors during the 1st Fighter Wing change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds after two years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen stand at ease, next to the 1st Fighter Wing Flag ship F-22 Raptor, at the 1st FW change of command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. At the change of command U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen stand at ease, next to the 1st Fighter Wing Flag ship F-22 Raptor, at the 1st FW change of command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. At the change of command U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy Weymouth, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, reveals U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds, 1st Fighter Wing commander’s name on the flag ship F-22 Raptor, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 23, 2017. Hinds assumed command of the 1st FW from U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler during the change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy Weymouth, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, reveals U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds, 1st Fighter Wing commander’s name on the flag ship F-22 Raptor, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 23, 2017. Hinds assumed command of the 1st FW from U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler during the change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Addison Fesler, daughter of U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing outgoing commander, receives a gift during the 1st FW change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. Fesler will continue his career at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., at North American Aerospace Defense Command as the vice director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)
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Addison Fesler, daughter of U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing outgoing commander, receives a gift during the 1st FW change of command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 23, 2017. Fesler will continue his career at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., at North American Aerospace Defense Command as the vice director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

Airmen of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. render a salute during the national anthem at the 1st Fighter Wing change of command, June 23, 2017. At the change of command U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
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Airmen of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. render a salute during the national anthem at the 1st Fighter Wing change of command, June 23, 2017. At the change of command U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, former 1st Fighter Wing commander, says his final remarks to the 1st FW Airmen before relinquishing command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. The 1st FW has a 100 year heritage that stretches back to World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, former 1st Fighter Wing commander, says his final remarks to the 1st FW Airmen before relinquishing command to U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds. The 1st FW has a 100 year heritage that stretches back to World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

Airmen and civilians from the 1st Fighter Wing welcomed their new commander during a change of command ceremony June 23.

Col. Jason Hinds assumed command of the wing which is comprised of six squadrons with more than 1,300 members who employ and sustain worldwide rapid deployment of over 40 F-22 Raptor aircraft.

Upon assuming command following the passing of the colors, a time-honored military tradition, Hinds addressed the wing.

“Men and women of the 1st Fighter Wing, 100 years ago our organization grew its roots in a foundation of values we still hold today,” he said. “I promise I’ll give my all every day and provide the leadership our Airmen deserve. The first wing is ready, will always be ready and will once again be first to the fight.”

Hinds is a command pilot with more than 2,100 flying hours, earned primarily in the F-22 Raptor and F-15C Eagle aircraft. He also previously served at the wing where he acted as the 27th Fighter Squadron director of operations and the 94th Fighter Squadron commander before departing Joint Base Langley-Eustis in 2013.

Before assuming command, Hinds served as vice commander at the 57th Fighter Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony where he welcomed Hinds to his new command.

“Hinds’ flying and leadership experience at all levels makes him the right leader for this wing at a time where it’s continuously engaged around the world,” Zobrist said. “He is a perfect leader to build on the successes of the leaders [who] came before him, and I know he’ll take this wing to the next level. [Colonel Hinds], welcome to 9th Air Force and the 1st Fighter Wing and congratulations on taking command of this outstanding wing of Airmen before you.”

The Airmen and civilians of the 1st FW also bid farewell to Col. Peter “Coach” Fesler, who relinquished command after two years of service. During the ceremony, Fesler welcomed his successor to the storied wing.

“This is the 1st Fighter Wing,” he said. “They trace their lineage back 100 years, but they don’t rest on their laurels. I can’t wait to see where you take them.”

Next, Fesler gave his parting thanks to the Airmen and civilians he led during his time at the wing.

“Men and women of the 1st fighter wing: thank you. You never flinched. Not when I challenged you with exercises. Not when faced with continuously shifting schedules. Not even when the jets didn’t cooperate and hurricanes got in our way,” he continued. “The world is an unstable, dangerous place. You have to get [your mission] right. From everything I’ve seen here, you will.”

Fesler will continue his career at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the North American Aerospace Defense Command operations director.