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Lt Col Lane assumes command of 13th SWS

CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, Alaska – Col. Devin Pepper, 21st Operations Group commander, passes the 13th Space Warning Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Joel Lane during a change of command ceremony, June 13, 2017, at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska.

CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, Alaska – Col. Devin Pepper, 21st Operations Group commander, passes the 13th Space Warning Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Joel Lane during a change of command ceremony, June 13, 2017, at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska.

CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, Alaska -- CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, Alaska – Col. Devin Pepper, 21st Operations Group commander, passes the 13th Space Warning Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Joel Lane during a change of command ceremony, June 13, 2017, at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska.

The 13th SWS is one of the 21st Space Wing’s 23 geographically separated units, and supports vital missile warning, missile defense, and space situational awareness to U.S. Strategic Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command/Northern Command and combatant commanders around the world. The 13 SWS commander is responsible for the operational mission at Clear AFS, the 11,500-acre subarctic remote installation, and the Cobra Dane missile defense radar at Eareckson AFS in the Aleutian Island chain. Clear AFS will be the home of the Long Range Discrimination Radar which just broke ground this year.

Lane replaced outgoing commander Lt. Col. Jason Budnick. (Courtesy photo)

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