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2nd MDG welcomes new commander

Col. Erich W. Schroeder, right, incoming 2nd Medical Group commander, receives the guidon from Col. Michael A. Miller, left, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020. The passing of the guidon symbolizes a transfer of command.

Col. Erich W. Schroeder, right, incoming 2nd Medical Group commander, receives the guidon from Col. Michael A. Miller, left, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020. The passing of the guidon symbolizes a transfer of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Col. Christopher Hudson, right, outgoing 2nd Medical Group commander, relinquishes the guidon to Col. Michael A. Miller, left, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020. The passing of the guidon symbolizes a transfer of command.

Col. Christopher Hudson, right, outgoing 2nd Medical Group commander, relinquishes the guidon to Col. Michael A. Miller, left, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020. The passing of the guidon symbolizes a transfer of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Col. Michael Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, and Col. Christopher Hudson, outgoing 2nd Medical Group commander, stand at attention while Hudson receives the Legion of Merit Medal during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020.

Col. Michael Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, and Col. Christopher Hudson, outgoing 2nd Medical Group commander, stand at attention while Hudson receives the Legion of Merit Medal during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020. The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Col. Erich W. Schroeder, incoming 2nd Medical Group commander, addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020.

Col. Erich W. Schroeder, incoming 2nd Medical Group commander, addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2020. Schroeder received his commission in 1989 through the United States Air Force Academy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

The 2nd Medical Group welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony at Barksdale, July 10, 2020.

With their masks donned, audience members watched as Col. Erich W. Schroeder assumed command of the 2nd MDG from Col. Christopher Hudson. Col. Michael Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, officiated the ceremony and led the symbolic change of leadership by the passing of the 2nd MDG guidon from the outgoing commander to the incoming.

“To the 2nd MDG, thank you very much for your continued service and sacrifice,” Schroeder said. “It’s obvious from our brief time here that your dedicated exceptional performance continues to keep the spirit sharp by increasing the health and safety of our Airmen. Our mission has become even more important given these uncertain times of COVID-19, and you make the work happen. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed to the 2nd Bomb Wing and mission partners.”

In his final remarks, Hudson thanked and praised the 2nd MDG Airmen for their continued hard work and dedication to the mission during his time in command.

“I had the distinct pleasure of being a part of two dream teams, not only in the wing and group leadership, but also the amazing team of the 2nd MDG,” Hudson said. “For this group, it was about collaborating, finding solutions and working together to do what was right for the patients and the mission. The 2nd MDG will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to say thanks to each and every one of you. Mighty deuce medics, second to none.”

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