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Chavira takes charge of MXG

Two colonels salute each other on stage during a ceremony.

Col. George Sefzik (left), 150th Special Operations Wing commander, salutes Col. John Scott (middle, right) as Scott is relieved of his command of the 150th Maintenance Group, Aug. 8, 2021. (Air National Guard Photo by SrA Ryan Sanders)

A colonel in uniform hands a command flag to a lieutenant colonel during a ceremony on a stage.

Lt. Col. David Chavira accepts the guidon as he is given command of the 150th Maintenance Group from 150th Special Operations Wing commander Col. George Sefzik, Aug. 8, 2021. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sanders)

Three men in uniform stand at attention on a stage during a ceremony.

Col. George Sefzik, 150th Special Operations Wing commander, and Col. John Scott, 150th Special Operations Wing vice wing commander, stand at attention after Scott was promoted to colonel, Aug. 8, 2021. Following the ceremony Scott relinquished command of the 150th Maintenance Group and took his place as the 150 SOW new vice wing commander. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sanders)

Five of the New Mexico Air National Guard senior leaders stand at attention on a stage during a ceremony.

Brig. Gen. Michele LaMontagne, assistant adjutant general - air, Col. George Sefzik, 150th Special Operations Wing commander, Col. John Scott, 150 SOW vice wing commander, Lt. Col. David Chavira, 150th Maintenance Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Todd Trombley, 150 MGX superintendent (from left to right), stand at attention during the opening ceremony for Scott’s promotion to colonel and Change of Command to vice wing commander of the 150th Special Operations Wing, Aug. 8, 2021. (Air National Guard photo by SrA Ryan Sanders)

The wife of a newly promoted colonel pins on his new rank on a stage during a ceremony.

Becky Scott, wife of Col. John Scott, pins on his new rank, as he is promoted to colonel, Aug. 8, 2021. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sanders)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Airmen from the 150th Special Operations Wing, here, gathered in hangar 1043 to witness Lt. Col. David Chavira assume command of the 150th Maintenance Group from Lt. Col. John Scott, August 7, 2021.

Before the ceremony, Scott was promoted to the rank of colonel and became the vice wing commander of the 150 SOW.

“This is a tremendous officer in front of us that’s proved himself over and over again,” said Col. George Sefzik, 150 SOW commander. “I look forward to this change and I look forward to having him step in.”

Scott  expressed how thrilled he was for his successor to take on this job. “Having served in this group you know exactly what you’re getting into, and the group of men and women that you’re about to command are the best in the business ‘bar none’” said Scott

“I’m well aware of the immense responsibilities on my shoulders, I do not take it lightly,” said Chavira. “I know that our maintenance team will always look to ensure aircraft and our equipment are safe, serviceable and properly configured for every mission.”