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Lee takes reigns of MSG

by Airman 1st Class Andrea Thacker
Thunderbolt editor

Col. Irvin Lee took the reigns of the 6th Mission Support Group Tuesday in an assumption of command ceremony in Hangar 3. As a career civil engineer, Colonel Lee joins MacDill's team from the Pentagon where he served as the Engineer Division of the Joint Staff Logistics Directorate. He takes over the group from Col. Barb Jacobi, who moved on to Lajes Field, Azores to command the 65th Air Base Wing.

"As the new 6th MSG commander, I have no doubts Colonel Lee will continue to build on the foundation of excellence laid by Colonel Jacobi," said Col. Tanker Snyder, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander. "His education and experience have perfectly prepared him for this job as he will bring a wealth of knowledge to our base." Col. Lee graduated form Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering - with honors - in 1981 and a master's degree in 1985.

"If I had one thing to say about taking command of the Mission Support Group, it would be to work your boss's problems, and he'll work yours," said Colonel Lee. "I learned that early on in my career and it has stuck with me." In his assumption of command speech he spoke about SIXTH, S is for selfless service, I is for integrity, X is for eXcellence in all you do, T is for teamwork and H is for history, the "long blue line" which includes the past, the present and the future of the Air Force.

He's taking over a group that includes the 6th Services Squadron which had four Air Mobility Command level program winners announced Wednesday, Golf Program (second year in a row), Officer's Club (second year in a row), Training Program and the Information, Ticket and Travel Program.

"I'm taking over a group that has a great bunch of folks already in place," said Colonel Lee. "Many of our facilities have been winning awards for years and hopefully we'll continue that trend."

Before coming to MacDill he had served in a multitude of civil engineer positions ranging from staff positions at Air Combat Command and the Pentagon, to three squadron command positions.

But Colonel Lee is no stranger to Air Mobility Command or the tanker world as he was a key player in transitioning Fairchild AFB, Wash., from an ACC installation to an AMC base.

"It's been more than 20 years since the last time I was here at MacDill," said Colonel Lee. "But what a great opportunity for me and I look forward to the challenges."

 

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