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Change of Command: MacDill welcomes new 6th OG commander

by 2nd Lt. Larry van der Oord
Chief of Internal Information
photo by Senior Airman Heather Miller

Col. Scott A. Brumbaugh is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours logged in Air Force aircraft.

Col. Scott A. Brumbaugh assumed command of the 6th Operations Group from Col. Brian T. Kelly in a change of command ceremony here Wednesday.

Colonel Brumbaugh joins the MacDill team after coming from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where he served as chief, Strategic Initiatives Divisions, U.S. Transportation Command J5.

Col. Margaret Woodward, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, had three simple pieces of advice for the new commander.

"Trust your instincts, they brought you this far and they will not let you down. Second, trust your people, there are none finer and they will not let you down. And third, trust your Air Force, it is the best in the world…and it will never let you down," said Colonel Woodward.

During his remarks Colonel Brumbaugh issued a charge to the men and women of the 6th OG saying, "We must continue to work together the way you've done with the entire DoD team so we can continue to accomplish the mission. We must continue on that path."

Colonel Brumbaugh entered the Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1982 after graduating and commissioning through ROTC at Pennsylvania State University. He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in the KC-135A/E/R/Q, C-141, T-38 and T-37.

Taking over for Colonel Kelly as the 6th OG commander, Colonel Brumbaugh will be responsible for all the operational aspects of the wing's support of worldwide tanker and airlift operations. He is also responsible for airfield use, including tower and ground control services, flight plan processing, weather forecasting and advisories.

Colonel Woodward commended Colonel Kelly on a job well done at MacDill.

"Whether it is here at MacDill or at a location half way across the globe, Colonel Kelly's leadership has been the bedrock of our success," said Colonel Woodward.

"It is a privilege to serve here (MacDill) and overseas in such an important time in our nation's history," said Colonel Kelly. "It has been the most rewarding duty of my professional career."

Colonel Kelly also thanked the members of the 6th OG.

"You have all stepped up for our country. I thank you and ask that you do the same under your new leadership," he said.

Colonel Kelly will head to his next assignment at Langley Air Force Base, Va., where he be the vice commander at the Air Expeditionary Force Center.

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