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Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth takes command of 36th Wing

Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, 36th Wing commander, performs his first salute to Team Andersen June 19, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Toth assumed command of the wing from   Brig. Gen. Steven Garland during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, 36th Wing commander, performs his first salute to Team Andersen June 19, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Toth assumed command of the wing from Brig. Gen. Steven Garland during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Lt. Gen. Russell Handy (left), 11th Air Force commander, passes the 36th Wing guidon to Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth during the Wing change of command ceremony June 19, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  The unit guidon serves to identify the unit and is a symbol of the commander's authority and presence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Lt. Gen. Russell Handy (left), 11th Air Force commander, passes the 36th Wing guidon to Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth during the Wing change of command ceremony June 19, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The unit guidon serves to identify the unit and is a symbol of the commander's authority and presence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Col. Jason Armagost, 36th Wing vice commander, renders a final salute to Brig. Gen. Steven Garland, former 36th Wing commander, during the 36th Wing change of command ceremony June 19, 2014 on Andersen Air  Force Base, Guam. The salute is part of a time-honored tradition where the former commander salutes a formation of Airmen representing the entire organization for the final time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adarius D. Petty/Released)

Col. Jason Armagost, 36th Wing vice commander, renders a final salute to Brig. Gen. Steven Garland, former 36th Wing commander, during the 36th Wing change of command ceremony June 19, 2014 on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The salute is part of a time-honored tradition where the former commander salutes a formation of Airmen representing the entire organization for the final time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adarius D. Petty/Released)

Brig. Gen.  Steven Garland addresses Team Andersen for the last time as the 36th Wing commander during the Wing change of command ceremony June 19, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  Garland relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, who was previously stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Brig. Gen. Steven Garland addresses Team Andersen for the last time as the 36th Wing commander during the Wing change of command ceremony June 19, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Garland relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, who was previously stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin/Released)

Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, 11th Air Force commander, speaks to Team Andersen during the 36th Wing Change of Command ceremony June 19, 2014 on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Handy officiated the transition of authority of the Wing from Brig. Gen. Steven Garland to Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adarius D. Petty/Released)

Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, 11th Air Force commander, speaks to Team Andersen during the 36th Wing Change of Command ceremony June 19, 2014 on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Handy officiated the transition of authority of the Wing from Brig. Gen. Steven Garland to Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adarius D. Petty/Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Brig. Gen. Steven Garland relinquished command of the 36th Wing to Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth during a change of command ceremony here June 19.
 
With the simple statement of, "I assume command," the guidon was passed from Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, 11th Air Force commander, to Toth, symbolizing the new commanding officer taking control in a time-honored tradition where the incoming commander assumes authority over the unit after it was relinquished by the previous commander.

"To the incredible men and women of the 36th Wing: Team Andersen, I am proud and honored to be joining the most diverse wing in the Air Force and the largest wing in the Pacific Air Forces," said Toth. "I could not have asked to be part of a better team of officers, civilian and enlisted personnel."

Handy officiated the ceremony and provided opening remarks before awarding Garland with the Legion of Merit for exceptional meritorious conduct and performance of outstanding service as the commander of the 36th Wing.

Garland expressed his gratitude to all of Team Andersen and the people of Guam for their support the past couple of years.

"Collectively, you are our best and brightest," he said. "You are disciples of Air Power, passionate about this wing and what it means to the Pacific region. For you this isn't an assignment, this is a calling and it's an honor to work with every one of you."

After a brief speech, Garland expressed his confidence in Toth's skills and ability to take command and lead Team Andersen.

Previously stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, Toth served as Director of Assignments and Air Expeditionary Force operations at the Air Force Personnel Center. He has served in a variety of squadron, group and wing-level positions, including tours as 33rd Fighter Wing Commander where he executed the stand-up of the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training operation.

Garland is moving on to serve as the 14th Air Force vice commander at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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