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821st SBG welcomes new commander

U.S. Space Force Col. Brian Capps, 821st Space Base Group commander, poses for an official photo at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 24, 2022. The 821st SBG enables force projection, space superiority and scientific research in the Arctic Region for our nation and allies. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

U.S. Space Force Col. Brian Capps, 821st Space Base Group commander, poses for an official photo at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 24, 2022. The 821st SBG enables force projection, space superiority and scientific research in the Arctic Region for our nation and allies. (U.S. Space Force photo by Craig Denton)

U.S. Air Force Col. Sarah Babbitt, outgoing 821st Space Base Group commander, passes the guidon to the incoming commander, U.S. Space Force Col. Brian Capps, during a change of command ceremony at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Sept. 15, 2022. As the installation commander, Capps is responsible for the administration and security of the Air Force’s largest overseas and the United States’ northernmost military installation comprised in the Thule Defense Area. (U.S. Space Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua Robley)

U.S. Air Force Col. Sarah Babbitt, outgoing 821st Space Base Group commander, passes the guidon to the incoming commander, U.S. Space Force Col. Brian Capps, during a change of command ceremony at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Sept. 15, 2022. As the installation commander, Capps is responsible for the administration and security of the Air Force’s largest overseas and the United States’ northernmost military installation comprised in the Thule Defense Area. (U.S. Space Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua Robley)

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland --

The 821st Space Base Group, a geographically-separated unit of Space Base Delta 1, held a change of command ceremony at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Sept. 15, 2022.

U.S. Space Force Col. Brian W. Capps assumed command of the 821st SBG from the outgoing commander, U.S. Air Force Col. Sarah Babbitt. The time-honored tradition of passing the guidon signified the organization’s first change of command since becoming a space base group.

USSF Col. David G. Hanson, SBD 1 commander, presided over the ceremony.

"To the men and women at Thule Air Base, thank you for all you do in support of all the vital mission sets at the Top of the World,” said Hanson. “We are excited to see what you will accomplish under the leadership of Colonel Capps."

The 821st SBG provides mission support to the base, including security forces, airfield management, and the day-to-day operations to enable force projection, space superiority, and scientific research in the Arctic region for North America and its allies.

As the installation commander, Capps is responsible for the administration and security of the United States’ northernmost and the Department of the Air Force’s largest overseas military installation.

“I am both thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to lead this high-performing team in such a unique and challenging environment,” said Capps. “As Commander, I will do my utmost to ensure the 821st Space Base Group will continue to thrive as we enable force protection, space superiority and scientific research in the Arctic Region for our Nation, allies, and partners.”

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