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35th Mission Support Group Change of Command

Two uniformed military members hold a guidon while looking at a picture.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. David L. McCleese, incoming 35th Mission Support Group commander, during the 35th MSG change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2021. McCleese previously served as the director, logistics, engineering and force protection for Fifth Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Two uniformed military members hold a guidon while looking at a picture.

U.S. Air Force Col. William L. Bernhard, outgoing 35th Mission Support Group commander, relinquishes command during the 35th MSG change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2021. Bernhard was responsible for leading the 35th MSG which consists of six diverse squadrons with more than 1,800 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

A military member in uniform stands on a stage behind a podium speaking to a crowd of civilians and military members seated to the left side and a flight of uniformed military members standing at parade rest at the right side.

U.S. Air Force Col. David L. McCleese, incoming 35th Mission Support Group commander, gives remarks during a 35th MSG change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2021. The 35th MSG is responsible for safeguarding and maintaining the Misawa Air Base infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

U.S. Air Force Col. William L. Bernhard relinquished command of the 35th Mission Support Group to Col. David L. McCleese during the 35th MSG change of command ceremony in Hangar 949, at Misawa Air Base, June 17, 2021.

Bernhard served as the 35th MSG commander since July 2019. He will next be assigned as the United States Africa Command deputy national cryptologic representative.

Previously, McCleese worked as the director, logistics, engineering and force protection for Fifth Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

“To my new boss Col. Friedel, thank you so much for this opportunity to lead airmen, the most important mission in our nation's most important ally in America’s priority theatre,” said McCleese.

The 35th MSG consists of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, 35th Contracting Squadron, 35th Communications Squadron, 35th Support Squadron, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 35th Security Forces Squadron.

“Lt. Col. Bradley and the MSG team, thank you for all you do. I’m thrilled to join you in our mission,” said McCleese. “Now let’s get back to work.”

The 35th MSG mission is to deliver agile and effective combat/mission support by having a sharp, crisp, professional team… doing their job... whenever and wherever.