US Air Force Colonel Dean Lee Takes Command of 449th AEG

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 15, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, accepts the guidon from U.S. Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, during a change of command ceremony here March 15. The ceremony inducted Lee as the commander and bid farewell to U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes, outgoing 449th AEG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 15, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, accepts the guidon from U.S. Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, during a change of command ceremony here March 15. The ceremony inducted Lee as the commander and bid farewell to U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes, outgoing 449th AEG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 15, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, speaks during a change of command ceremony here March 15. The ceremony inducted U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee as the 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander and bid farewell to U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes, outgoing 449th AEG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 15, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, speaks during a change of command ceremony here March 15. The ceremony inducted U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee as the 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander and bid farewell to U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes, outgoing 449th AEG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 15, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes, 449th Air Expeditionary Group former commander, speaks during a change of command ceremony with U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee, 449th AEG commander, and U.S. Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, here March 15. The ceremony inducted Lee as the commander and bid farewell to Barnes, who will assume his deputy command position at the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 15, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes, 449th Air Expeditionary Group former commander, speaks during a change of command ceremony with U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee, 449th AEG commander, and U.S. Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, here March 15. The ceremony inducted Lee as the commander and bid farewell to Barnes, who will assume his deputy command position at the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)

U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee assumed command of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group in a change of command ceremony here March 15.

Lee assumed command from U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes upon his reassignment to the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as the deputy commander.

During his induction speech, Lee said he has three goals he wants to accomplish as 449th commander.

"(Goal) number one (is) mission first, without question," said Lee. "Number two, have fun?with the people, in the country, and with the mission." The 449th AEG mission is to conduct personnel recovery and other operations to support U.S. Air Forces Africa and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa missions. "I truly believe that this is a fun and motivating mission. And last but not least, leave the place better than we found it. I know we are all on the same team and I look forward to working with all of you."

U.S. Major General Margaret Woodward, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, presided over the 449th AEG change of command ceremony.

"(Lee) has proven skills, leadership and background that will enable the 449th to continue to excel in supporting the most important missions of (Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, U.S. Africa Command)," said Woodward. "(He has) a proven record as a combat pilot, squadron and group commander and most recently with experience in the numbered air force."

Woodward lauded Lee's experience piloting various airframes, such as the O/A-10 Thunderbolt, F-15E Strike Eagle, and the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet. She noted that during his military career, Lee logged more than 350 combat hours in support of operations Desert Shield, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.

"Your experience and background are well-suited to support (Air Force's) Africa. You clearly know what it takes to take command."

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US Air Force Colonel Dean Lee Takes Command of 449th AEG

U.S. Air Force Colonel Dean Lee assumed command of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group in a change of command ceremony here March 15.

Lee assumed command from U.S. Air Force Colonel David Barnes upon his reassignment to the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as the deputy commander.

During his induction speech, Lee said he has three goals he wants to accomplish as 449th commander.

"(Goal) number one (is) mission first, without question," said L