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Space Base Delta 1 welcomes new commander

Leaders pose for a photo during a change of command ceremony

Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, commander of Space Operations Command, passes the guidon to incoming commander U.S. Space Force Col. David Hanson during the Space Base Delta 1 change of command ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 11, 2022. Prior to taking command of SBD 1, Hanson was the National Reconnaissance Office senior field representative to U.S. Space Command. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

A flight salute the outgoing commander during change of command ceremony

Airmen and Guardians assigned to Space Base Delta 1 render their final salute to outgoing commander U.S. Space Force Col. Shay Warakomski during the Space Base Delta 1 change of command ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 11, 2022. SBD 1 consists of one medical group, one space base group and two mission support teams, whose mission is to enable U.S. Space Force and partner mission execution of eight functional deltas and more than 100 mission partners across 22 world-wide locations. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Bunn)

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Space Base Delta 1 held its change of command at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 11, 2022.

U.S. Space Force Col. Shay Warakomski relinquished command to the incoming commander, U.S. Space Force Col. David Hanson.

Prior to taking command of SBD 1, Hanson was the National Reconnaissance Office senior field representative to U.S. Space Command. He was responsible for representing the director of the NRO in senior-level issues and delivering full-spectrum solutions and capabilities to the combatant command. Hanson also previously served as the commander of the 821st Space Base Group, Thule Air Base, Greenland.

"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization,” said Hanson. “To the men and women of Space Base Delta 1, the entire nation depends on what each and every one of you do every day to ensure continuous space operations at all of our global sites. We are one team.”

After Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, commander of Space Operations Command, passed the colors to Hanson, he took a moment to reflect on Warakomski’s time as SBD 1 commander.

“Shay, I want to commend you for all you have done for SBD 1,” said Whiting. “Through the rebranding, renaming and reorganization, you and your team never lost sight of the mission and continued to improve the culture embracing your motto of: this is family business.”

Warakomski added that the command team’s focus remained on the personal and professional needs of the people they served while he was in command.

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to command and lead you,” said Warakomski.

Warakomski will be heading to Vandenberg SFB to serve as the deputy commander of the Combined Force Space Component Command.

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