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140th Wing Medical Group Welcomes New Commander

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Trulan Eyre, 140th Wing Commander takes the 140th Medical Group Command Flag as he is about to present it to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul E. Shingledecker, 140th Interim Medical Group Commander, Buckley Air Force Base January 30, 2010.  Shingledecker is officially assuming  command of the 140th Medical Group after serving as the interim commander for 4 months.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)(RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Trulan Eyre, 140th Wing Commander takes the 140th Medical Group Command Flag as he is about to present it to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul E. Shingledecker, 140th Interim Medical Group Commander, Buckley Air Force Base January 30, 2010. Shingledecker is officially assuming command of the 140th Medical Group after serving as the interim commander for 4 months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)(RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul E. Shingledecker, 140th Wing Medical Group Commander (right) assumes  command of the 140th Medical Group as he takes the group's Command Flag from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Trulan Eyre, 140th Wing Commander (left), Buckley Air Force Base January 30, 2010.  Shingledecker is officially assuming command of the 140th Medical Group after serving as the interim commander for 4 months.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)(RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul E. Shingledecker, 140th Wing Medical Group Commander (right) assumes command of the 140th Medical Group as he takes the group's Command Flag from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Trulan Eyre, 140th Wing Commander (left), Buckley Air Force Base January 30, 2010. Shingledecker is officially assuming command of the 140th Medical Group after serving as the interim commander for 4 months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)(RELEASED)

U.S Air Force Lt. Col. Paul E. Shingledecker, 140th Wing Medical Group Commander speaks to the 140th Medical Group as his wife Jodi Shingledecker watches on, Buckley Air Force Base January 30,2010.  Shingledecker has officially assumed command of the 140th Medical Group after serving as the interim commander for 4 months.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)(RELEASED)

U.S Air Force Lt. Col. Paul E. Shingledecker, 140th Wing Medical Group Commander speaks to the 140th Medical Group as his wife Jodi Shingledecker watches on, Buckley Air Force Base January 30,2010. Shingledecker has officially assumed command of the 140th Medical Group after serving as the interim commander for 4 months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)(RELEASED)

1/30/2010 -- 1/30/2010 - Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. - "It's an important time to make sure we have the right leadership in charge and Lt. Col. Shingledecker is the right man at the right time to lead this group (140th Wing Medical Group) to new heights and success," commented Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard.

In a packed auditorium, members of the 140th Wing, along with friends and family, gathered to watch Lt. Col. Paul E. Shingledecker assume official command of the 140th Medical Group.

Brig. Gen. Trulan A. Eyre, 140th Wing Commander, officially passed the 140th Medical Group Command Flag to Shingledecker, who had been serving as the interim commander for four months.

After recognizing members of the medical group and his family for their hard work and support, for which he contributed to his assumption of this new position, Shingledecker went on to reflect on the past 9 years that he has witnessed some of the group's greatest accomplishments such as the support of Operation Noble Eagle, the response to the 9/11 attacks, being the first unit in the nation to certify the medical element in a CERFP or CBRNE Emergency Response Force Package, the treatment of 13,000 patients in jungles of El Salvador, as well as the sacrifice of individuals as they have deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

"I see the tremendous potential of our members as we continue to focus on accomplishing our unit mission." Shingledecker stated. "I look forward to our future challenges - both in the near and distant futures."

Shingledecker summed up the ceremony by saying, "My goal for the medical group is that we cultivate a culture of excellence - a program that serves as an outstanding example to the rest of the Air Force Medical Service, and one that allows its members to attain their professional and personal best." While expressing the importance of the Air Force core values and quoting the group's news letter, Shingledecker added, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!"