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610th Air Control Flight Change of Command

Two military members hold a guidon while looking into the camera.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jared J. Hutchinson, 35th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Douglas A. Austin, as Austin takes command of the 610th Air Control Flight, during a change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 10, 2021. Austin previously served as the Director of Operations for the 35th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

A military member holds a guidon while two other members clap for the center member standing in the position of attention.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Douglas A. Austin, center, 610th Air Control Flight commander, accepts applause during a change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 10, 2021. The 610th ACF functions as an air defense liaison to Japan’s Northern Air Defense Force and provides U.S. command and control for daily operations utilizing the Japan Air Defense Ground Environment system. During contingency and exercise operations, or when tasked by Pacific Air Forces, the 610th ACF forms a rapidly deployable team to support Pacific theater tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Two military members hold an award while posing for the camera.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jared J. Hutchinson, 35th Operations Group commander, presents Lt. Col. William H. Ballard, outgoing 610th Air Control Flight commander, with a Meritorious Service Medal during a change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 10, 2021. As the 610th ACF commander, Ballard led 19 Airmen and Marines in joint bilateral battle management, and command and control, primarily for the defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

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