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116th Air Control Wing Changes command

The crowd attending the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) Change of Command ceremony stands to their feet during the presentation of the colors and singing of the National Anthem at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

The crowd attending the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) Change of Command ceremony stands to their feet during the presentation of the colors and singing of the National Anthem at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard, speaks to the audience during the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Simmons. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard, speaks to the audience during the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Simmons. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Weber, 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) commander, speaks to members of the media, emphasizing safety, compliance, and mission execution, prior to the 116th Air Control Wing Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Weber, 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) commander, speaks to members of the media, emphasizing safety, compliance, and mission execution, prior to the 116th Air Control Wing Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U. S. Air Force Col. Mark Weber, commander, 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), Georgia Air National Guard, accepts the wing guidon from Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander of the Georgia Air National Guard, as Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Green, 116th ACW command chief, and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general, Georgia Department of Defense, look on during a Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015.  Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during a change of command ceremony officiated by Simmons. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/Released)

U. S. Air Force Col. Mark Weber, commander, 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), Georgia Air National Guard, accepts the wing guidon from Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander of the Georgia Air National Guard, as Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Green, 116th ACW command chief, and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general, Georgia Department of Defense, look on during a Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during a change of command ceremony officiated by Simmons. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/Released)

The Robins Air Force Honor Guard presents the colors during the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), Georgia Air National Guard, change of command ceremony, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during a change of command ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/Released)

The Robins Air Force Honor Guard presents the colors during the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), Georgia Air National Guard, change of command ceremony, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during a change of command ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander of the Georgia Air National Guard, congratulates Col. Mark Weber on assuming command of the 116th Air Control Wing as U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general, Georgia Department of Defense, looks on during a Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015.  Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during a change of command ceremony officiated by Simmons. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander of the Georgia Air National Guard, congratulates Col. Mark Weber on assuming command of the 116th Air Control Wing as U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general, Georgia Department of Defense, looks on during a Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during a change of command ceremony officiated by Simmons. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/Released)

U.S. Airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), Georgia Air National Guard, stand at parade rest in a mass formation during the 116th ACW Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), Georgia Air National Guard, stand at parade rest in a mass formation during the 116th ACW Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Airmen from the Robins Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors during the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Airmen from the Robins Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors during the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) Change of Command ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 11, 2015. Col. Mark Weber assumed command of the 116th ACW from Col. Kevin Clotfelter during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons Jr., commander, Georgia Air National Guard. The 116th ACW provides manned, joint airborne command and control, battle management, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the globe flying the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
The 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard welcomed Col. Mark A. Weber as the new commander during a change of command ceremony held Saturday, here.

Presiding over the ceremony was Brig. Gen. Jesse Simmons, Jr., commander of the Georgia Air National Guard.

"The 116th ACW is more than a deployable flying wing," said Weber.  "Independent of the aviation package, we deploy civil engineers, security forces personnel, explosive ordnance disposal teams, communication specialists, and medical professionals. All of us are supported by a top-notch support group. In a nut shell, it is a big, multi-talented machine."

Weber has been serving in the Georgia ANG for close to 20 years, and is returning to the 116th ACW where he held squadron and group commander assignments. Most recently, Weber served as the chief of Joint Staff with the Georgia Department of Defense.

"Under my command, we will triangulate our focus in three key areas and continue to provide unprecedented and assured access to the ANG," said Weber.  "Those three areas are safety, compliance, and mission execution. Safety can never be compromised, compliance is non-negotiable, and executing the mission anywhere in the world is our job and we will always be ready when called."

A command pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours, Weber has piloted the E-8C, RC-26B, C-130E/H and the B-1B aircraft. 

Former 116th ACW commander Col. Kevin Clotfelter was presented the Georgia Distinctive Service Medal by Army Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general, Georgia Department of Defense. Jarrard also presented the wing with a proclamation from the governor, congratulating the unit on reaching 100,000 combat flying hours in U.S. Central Command.  The 461st Air Control Wing, an active associate to the 116th ACW, and the Military Intelligence Detachment (JSTARS) were key contributors to reaching the 100,000 hour milestone.