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33rd MXG Welcomes New Commander

Passing off the Baton.

U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald Llantada, 33rd Maintenance Group incoming commander, receives the guidon from Col. Jon Wheeler, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, during an assumption of command ceremony, June 10, 2021, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The mission of the 33rd Maintenance Group is to deliver safe, reliable and on-time aircraft to support F-35 pilot and maintainer training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Colleen Coulthard)

Family pose for a photo in front of

U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald Llantada and his family pose for a photo during the 33rd Maintenance Group assumption of command ceremony, June 10, 2021, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Llantada took command of the 33rd MXG after serving as the Chief of Inspections Division, General at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Colleen Coulthard)

Colonel gives speech during assumption of command.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jon Wheeler, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, delivers a speech during an assumption of command ceremony, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 10, 2021. The 33rd Maintenance Group oversees all aircraft maintenance, sortie generation, weapons loading operations and logistics integration for the 33rd FW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Colleen Coulthard)

Honor guard present the colors during MXG assumption.

U.S. Air Force Team Eglin Honor Guard present the colors during the 33rd Maintenance Group assumption of command ceremony, June 10, 2021, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Llantada took command of the 33rd MXG after serving as the Chief of Inspections Division, General at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Colleen Coulthard)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.-- Col. Ronald Llantada took command of the 33rd Maintenance Group during an assumption of command ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 10, 2021.

Llantada transitioned to the 33rd MXG after previously serving at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, where he was the Chief of Inspections Division, Directorate of the Inspector General, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command. Llantada has also served as the advisor to commander for the Royal Saudi Air Force and as Chief, Air Force Division, United States Military Training Mission, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Col. Jon Wheeler, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.

“Col. Llantada, you are joining a team of problem solvers who simply refuse to fail,” said Wheeler. “This is a truly outstanding team.”

Chief Master Sgt. Deon Little, 33rd MXG superintendent, passed the guidon to Wheeler, who then passed it to Llantada, symbolizing the passing of authority to the new commander.

“The right balance between people, development, and mission execution with safe, reliable aircraft will be my priority,” said Llantada. “That will continue to be our Maintenance Group’s focus to develop and retain multi-capable, professional Airmen, remain relevant in today’s and tomorrow’s Air Force and accelerate change to posture our Airmen for success during a high-end fight.”

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