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A Dual Change of Command Honors Three Colonels at Tyndal Air Force Base

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Tyndall air force base is honoring three Colonels as one retires and two others move up in the ranks.

After 26 years Colonel Randy Spear is retiring from the 601st Air and Space Operations Center. Spear has served our country during Operation Desert Storm and also as a weapon school instructor. On Tuesday he relinquished command of the 601st AOC to Colonel Thomas Cucchi. Cucchi is handing over his command of the 101st Air and Space Operations Group to Colonel John Ferry.

All three service members are F-15 pilots and say they are looking forward to the next step in their lives.

"It's really bitter-sweet, I've got mixed emotions... Been doing this for 26 years... it was a calling for the get-go," Says Col. Spear.

"I've been a member of this unit for a long time so I know the folks very well so my experience in this unit is going to help me succeed as far as being the commander because I know everybody pretty well," says Col. Cucchi.@

"To go back to the operational mission side of things is something that's different. I cherish the time to provide the resources and help the man power, but this is actually going to help the mission so it's kinda returning to my roots," says Col. Ferry.

The AOG and the AOG both work together to provide the mission and the manpower for U.S. air defense 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.