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New chapter begins as Warakomski takes command

Warakomski assumes command

U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, left, passes the Peterson-Schriever Garrison command guidon to U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary S. Warakomski, P-S GAR incoming commander, right, as he assumes command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. The Peterson-Schriever Garrison is comprised of six installations; Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Thule Air Base in Greenland, New Boston Air Force Station in New Hampshire, and Ka’ena Point Space Force Station in Hawaii. The garrison’s mission is to enable USSF and partner mission execution of eight functional space deltas and more than 80 mission partners across 22 world-wide locations. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Change of Command Ceremony

Airmen assigned to Peterson-Schriever Garrison stand in formation during the P-S GAR Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. The ceremony marked the transfer of command from the first P-S GAR commander, U.S. Space Force Col. James E. Smith, to U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary S. Warakomski. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

P-S GAR Change of Command Ceremony

U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen Stephen N. Whiting, Space Operations commander, stands alongside U.S. Space Force Col. James Smith, outgoing Peterson-Schriever Garrison commander, and U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary Warakomski, incoming P-S GAR commander, at the reading of the Orders during the change of command on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. A change of command ceremony makes the transition of responsibility from one military leader to another into a real, tangible act, solidifying continuity of leadership and affirming the formal nature of professional military service for all present. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Warakomski assumes command

U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, left, and U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary S. Warakomski, Peterson-Schriever Garrison incoming commander, right, salutes each other after he assumes command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. The P-S GAR of the U.S. Space Force stood up July 24, 2020, and has since furthered the development of a brand-new, 21st century service, built to achieve combat effectiveness in, from, and through the space domain. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Smith gives final salute

U.S. Space Force Col. James E. Smith, Peterson-Schriever Garrison outgoing commander, gives a final salute to his new unit during the Peterson-Schriever Garrison Change of Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. The garrison’s mission is to enable USSF and partner mission execution of eight functional space deltas and more than 80 mission partners across 22 world-wide locations through the provision of integrated USSF and U.S. Air Force Base Operating support, Combat Service Support and Garrison Support Agency services. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Alexander stands at ease

Peterson-Schriever Garrison Command Chief Boston A. Alexander, stands at-ease during the P-S GAR Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. Alexander leads the enlisted force and is the principle advisor to the garrison commander and senior leadership team on all matters impacting the combat readiness, welfare, morale, proper utilization and progress of assigned personnel. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Whiting speaks to audience

U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, addresses the audience during the Peterson-Schriever Garrison Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. SPOC provides Combat Power Projection, Information Mobility, Space Domain Awareness and Space Mobility and Logistics. Further, SPOC will foster and incubate innovation from all levels of the force, and fully support the drive to build a Digital Space Force. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Smith speaks to audience

U.S. Space Force Col. James Smith, the first Peterson-Schriever Garrison commander, gives a departing speech at the P-S GAR Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. Smith will become the deputy U.S. military representative at NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Warakomski speaks during CoC

U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary “Shay” Warakomski speaks after assuming command of the Peterson-Schriever Garrison during the change of command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. Warakomski graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the class of 1998 and prior to assuming command of the garrison he served as commander of the 375th Communications Group at Scott AFB, Illinois. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

Warakomski's first salute
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U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary S. Warakomski, Peterson-Schriever Garrison incoming commander, gives a first salute to his new unit during the Peterson-Schriever Garrison Change of Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. The P-S GAR consists of one medical group, one Air Base Group, and two mission support groups that provide health care, mission readiness support, communication and information technology, security, civil engineering, fire protection, environmental management, manpower, personnel, logistics, contracting, base services and housing support for Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado; Thule Air Base in Greenland; New Boston AFS in New Hampshire and Ka’ena Point Space Force Station in Hawaii. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

P-S GAR Change of Command ceremony
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U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, left, and U.S. Space Force Col. James Smith, Peterson-Schriever Garrison outgoing commander, right, congratulate U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary S. Warakomski, P-S GAR incoming commander, middle, after he assumes command of the unit at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28, 2021. A change of command ceremony, which dates back as far as the Roman empire, makes the transition of responsibility from one military leader to another into a real, tangible act, solidifying continuity of leadership and affirming the formal nature of professional military service for all present. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Peterson-Schriever Garrison held its change of command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 28.

U.S. Space Force Col. James E. Smith, relinquished command to incoming commander U.S. Space Force Col. Zachary S. Warakomski. Prior to taking command of the P-S GAR, Warakomski was the 375th Communications Group commander at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

“[Colonel Warakomski’s] experience leading space operations and cyberspace professionals in the generation and sustainment of our intelligence, cyber and space in combat support capabilities will serve [him] well as [he] leads the Airmen and Guardians of the Peterson-Schriever Garrison,” said U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, Space Operations Command commander.

Smith was presented the Legion of Merit award by Whiting for meritorious service. He then departed to become the deputy Unites States military representative at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

After assuming command, Warakomski addressed the garrison for the first time.

“It is the honor of a life time to command and lead our nation’s most precious resource, you, our nation’s sons and daughters,” said Warakomski. “I endeavor to give you the absolute very best each and every day. That is what our nation expects, and you deserve nothing less. So let’s get started.”

The garrison consists of one medical group, one air base group and two mission support groups, whose mission is to enable U.S. Space Force and partner mission execution of eight functional space deltas and more than 80 mission partners across 22 world-wide locations.

A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding or flag officer to another. The passing of colors, standards, or ensigns from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its soldiers is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and also signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit's commander.

This change of command was the P-S GAR’s very first in its short 11-month history.

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