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Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, addresses the wing for the first time as commander during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Yates returns to Seymour Johnson AFB after previously serving as the 48th Operations Group commander in RAF Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, accepts the guidon from Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Yates has been assigned to Seymour Johnson AFB on three previous assignments, including his F-15E Strike Eagle basic course, being an instructor pilot, and commanding the 334th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Col. Yates assumes commander of 4th Fighter Wing

More than 300 members of Team Seymour and the community attended the change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Col. Christopher Sage, 4th FW outgoing commander, relinquished command to Col. Donn Yates, who served three previous assignments at Seymour Johnson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shawna L. Keyes)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing honor guard salute the official party during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During the ceremony, Col. Christopher Sage, 4th FW outgoing commander, relinquished command to Col. Donn Yates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

A formation of 4th Fighter Wing Airmen salute as the 4th FW change of command ceremony begins, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During the ceremony, Col. Christopher Sage, outgoing 4th FW commander, relinquished command to Col. Donn Yates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Gutierrez)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Airman 1st Class Zachary Yates, 366th Operation Support Squadron air traffic controller, witnesses his father, Col. Donn Yates, assume command of the 4th Fighter Wing, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. A1C Yates honored his father by standing in formation for the duration of the 4th FW change of command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Col. Christopher Sage, outgoing 4th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to relinquish command to Col. Donn Yates, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Yates, while acting as the former 48th Operations Group commander at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was responsible for six squadrons of combat-ready F-15C/D/E fighter aircraft, HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue helicopters, Guardian Angel pararescuemen, and personnel capable of providing worldwide aerial dominance supporting war plans and contingency operations for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command and NATO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Gutierrez)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Col. Christopher Sage (right), outgoing 4th Fighter Wing commander, relinquishes his command by passing the guidon to Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exchange of the guidon is a tradition which symbolizes the relinquishing of command from one commander to the other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW

Col. Christopher Sage, outgoing 4th Fighter Wing commander, offers thanks and parting words to Airmen, families, and guests in attendance during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Sage relinquished command to Col. Donn Yates, who served three previous assignments at Seymour Johnson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Gutierrez)

Col. Yates assumes command of 4th FW
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Col. Christopher Sage, outgoing 4th Fighter Wing commander, addresses the wing for the last time as commander during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Sage’s next assignment will send him to Belgium, where he will serve as the Senior Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

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Col. Christopher Sage (right), outgoing 4th Fighter Wing commander, receives the Legion of Merit from Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Sage was awarded the medal for exceptionally meritorious conduct during his tenure as wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

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Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, departs the 4th FW change of command ceremony with his family, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Before his previous assignment in England, Yates worked as a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Gutierrez)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, addresses the wing for the first time as commander during the 4th FW change of command ceremony, July 3, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Yates returns to Seymour Johnson AFB after previously serving as the 48th Operations Group commander in RAF Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)
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