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314th Airlift Wing passes guide-on to new commander

Two men hold a flag.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty transfers command of the 314th Airlift Wing to U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Hodge July 25, 2018, on Little rock Air Force Base, Ark. Hodge assumes command after a recent wing command position in the Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Four men stand at attention.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Justin Strain, U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel DeVoe and U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Strain stand at attention during the 314th Airlift Wing change of command ceremony July 25, 2018, on Little rock Air Force Base, Ark. Hodge assumed command from DeVoe during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Two men sit on left side of screen, while one man talks at a podium on right side of screen.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty speaks about U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel DeVoe during the 314th Airlift Wing change of command July 25, 2018, on Little rock Air Force Base, Ark. Doherty was the presiding officer of the ceremony in which Col. Daniel Devoe relinquished comand of the 314th Airlift Wing to U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Hodge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Airmen present the colors.

Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard performs color guard ceremony July 25, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Honor Guard performed during the 314th Airlift Wing change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Col. Stephen Hodge assumed command of the 314th Airlift Wing  from Col. Daniel DeVoe during a change of command ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander July 25, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

During his remarks, Doherty spoke about the importance of commanding at the wing level.

"Wing command is a special position,” Doherty said. “We in the Air Force talk about squadron command being the best job in the Air Force, but after doing it a few times I can tell you wing command is unique in its ways of making a difference for your Airmen, their families, veterans and the overall mission.”

Doherty, also highlighted both Devoe and Hodge’s many accomplishments and accolades throughout their careers.

"Col. DeVoe you made our Air Force strong," Doherty said. “Your efforts have been exceptional, and I wish you the best. To Col. Hodge I want to thank you personally for what you’ve accomplished over the many years, to be so valued in the Air Force as an exceptional leader, to receive his second wing command at a critical moment in our Air Force’s history.”

Hodge received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993. Prior to his current assignment, Hodge was the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia. He has led missions during Operations Joint Endeavor, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

After the official change of command, Hodge took a moment to comment on his upcoming role as the new 314th AW commander.

 

"I’m excited to be here," Hodge said. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this team at such a time and place in our nation and our history.”

Col. Stephen Hodge assumed command of the 314th Airlift Wing  from Col. Daniel DeVoe during a change of command ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander July 25, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

During his remarks, Doherty spoke about the importance of commanding at the wing level.

"Wing command is a special position,” Doherty said. “We in the Air Force talk about squadron command being the best job in the Air Force, but after doing it a few times I can tell you wing command is unique in its ways of making a difference for your Airmen, their families, veterans and the overall mission.”

Doherty, also highlighted both Devoe and Hodge’s many accomplishments and accolades throughout their careers.

"Col. DeVoe you made our Air Force strong," Doherty said. “Your efforts have been exceptional, and I wish you the best. To Col. Hodge I want to thank you personally for what you’ve accomplished over the many years, to be so valued in the Air Force as an exceptional leader, to receive his second wing command at a critical moment in our Air Force’s history.”

Hodge received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993. Prior to his current assignment, Hodge was the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia. He has led missions during Operations Joint Endeavor, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

After the official change of command, Hodge took a moment to comment on his upcoming role as the new 314th AW commander.

"I’m excited to be here," Hodge said. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this team at such a time and place in our nation and our history.”