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35th Operations Group Change of Command

A man in uniform speaks from a podium in front of a fighter jet.

U.S. Air Force Col. Doyle A. Pompa, incoming 35th Operations Group (OG) commander, delivers remarks during a change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2021. The 35th OG commander is responsible for two F-16 "Wild Weasel" fighter squadrons, an operations support squadron, and an air control flight, capable of sustained worldwide operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)

Men in uniform hand a flag to each other.

U.S. Air Force Col. Doyle A. Pompa, incoming 35th Operations Group (OG) commander, accepts the guidon from Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2021. Pompa previously served as Director of Operations, United States Forces Japan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from June 2019 to July 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)

Man in uniform hands a certificate to another.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, presents the Legion of Merit to Col. Jared J. Hutchinson, outgoing 35th Operations Group (OG) commander, during a change of command ceremony at Misawa Air Base, July 12, 2021. Hutchinson led the 35th OG F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots to increased mission readiness, and partnered with the 35th Maintenance Group to maintain a constant flow of combat-ready aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)

A group of people in uniform salute a stage and three uniformed people.

U.S. Airmen with the 35th Operations Group (OG) salute the official party during a change of command at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2021. The 35th OG is responsible for flight operations, airfield management, intelligence, tactical air control, combat plans, weapons and tactics, and weather support for the 35th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

U.S. Air Force Col. Jared J. Hutchinson relinquished command of the 35th Operations Group (OG) to Col. Doyle A. Pompa during the 35th OG change of command ceremony in Hangar 949, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2021.

Hutchinson has served as the 35th OG commander at Misawa since July 2019. The group is composed of two deployable F-16 “Wild Weasel” Fighter Squadrons, an Operations Support Squadron, and an Air Control Flight capable of conducting and supporting sustained worldwide operations.

Previously, Pompa served as Director of Operations, United States Forces, Japan, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from June 2019 to July 2021.

“I’m excited to meet each one of you, hear your stories, learn about your operations and understand the challenges in order to better support your mission,” said Pompa. “I promise to devote maximum effort in providing you with an environment where every airman can rise to their full potential for the 35th OG team.”

The 35th OG is responsible for flight operations, airfield management, intelligence, tactical air control, combat plans, weapons and tactics, and weather support for the 35th Fighter Wing.