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495th Fighter Group welcomes 5th commander

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Massaro, right, 495th Fighter Group commander, assumes command as the fifth commander of the 495th FG from Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, Ninth Air Force commander, during an Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. As commander for the 495th FG, Massaro leads about 800 regular Air Force members co-located in seven geographically separated squadrons, plus an additional 16 operating locations integrated with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Thompson, a 316th Fighter Squadron maintainer, narrates during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. The 316th FS out of McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., is one of seven geographically separated squadrons under the 495th FG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, front, Ninth Air Force commander, and Col. Mark Massaro, 495th Fighter Group commander, enter during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. The 495th FG is one of two direct reporting units under Ninth AF. The group was reactivated March 8, 2013, at Shaw AFB as a conduit between active-duty Airmen and their guard and reserve counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Massaro, right, 495th Fighter Group commander, salutes Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, Ninth Air Force commander, during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. As commander for the 495th FG, Massaro leads about 800 regular Air Force members co-located in seven geographically separated squadrons, plus an additional 16 operating locations integrated with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Skelton II, 20th Fighter Wing chaplain, holds the invocation during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. The 495th FG is one of two direct reporting units under Ninth AF. The group was reactivated March 8, 2013, at Shaw AFB as a conduit between active-duty Airmen and their guard and reserve counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Massaro, right, 495th Fighter Group commander, salutes Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, Ninth Air Force commander, during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. As commander for the 495th FG, Massaro leads about 800 regular Air Force members co-located in seven geographically separated squadrons, plus an additional 16 operating locations integrated with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, Ninth Air Force commander, speaks during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. . The 495th FG is one of two direct reporting units under Ninth AF. The group was reactivated March 8, 2013, at Shaw AFB as a conduit between active-duty Airmen and their guard and reserve counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

495th FG Assumption of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Massaro, 495th Fighter Group commander, speaks during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Assumption of Command ceremony, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 23, 2020. As commander for the 495th FG, Massaro leads about 800 regular Air Force members co-located in seven geographically separated squadrons, plus an additional 16 operating locations integrated with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --

Col. Mark Massaro, 495th Fighter Group (FG) incoming commander, assumed command of the group June 23.

Massaro is the fifth commander to lead since the 495th FG was reactivated March 8, 2013.