On Friday, hundreds of airmen at Fairchild Air Force Base gathered to welcome their new commander- Col. Derek M. Salmi.
Col. Salmi comes to the Spokane community from Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, where he commanded the 100th Operations Group. Salmi will be assuming command from Col. J. Scot Heathman, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander.
Col. Ryan R. Samuelson, former 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, will be assigned as the United States Transportation Command executive officer to
the commander at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
An assumption of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit to a commanding officer.