America’s AOC conducts dual change of command


 
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., left, Adjutant General of Florida, passes the 101st Air and Space Operations Group (101st AOG) flag to Col. John Ferry during a change of command ceremony held here Nov. 20, 2012. The 101st AOG was officially activated July 1, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, left, Commander of Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), passes the 601st Air and Space Operations Center (601st AOC) flag to Col. Thomas Cucchi during a change of command ceremony held here Nov. 20, 2012. The 601st AOC is responsible for detecting, deterring, defending and if necessary, defeating any aviation threat to the citizens of the United States and to U.S. critical infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, left, Commander of Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), presents a certificate of retirement to Col. Randy Spear during a retirement ceremony held here Nov. 20, 2012. Colonel Spear served as the commander of the 601st AOC for nearly three and half years. The 601st AOC is responsible for detecting, deterring, defending and if necessary, defeating any aviation threat to the citizens of the United States and to U.S. critical infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman/Released)

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America’s AOC conducts dual change of command

Posted 11/21/2012   Updated 11/21/2012
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by Capt. Jared Scott
601 AOC PA

11/21/2012 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  – Command of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center and the 101st Air and Space Operations Group, collectively referred to as America’s AOC, both changed hands in a combined ceremony held here on Nov. 20, 2012.

An age old military tradition of passing of flags during the dual ceremony symbolized the change in leadership as Col. John Ferry assumed command of the 101st AOG from Col. Thomas Cucchi. The Adjutant General of Florida, Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr., presided over the ceremony.

“The Florida Guardsmen that make up the 101st Air and Space Operations Group are the heart of America’s AOC,” said Colonel Cucchi. “They are ones who make it happen, day in and day out. Colonel Ferry is the right person to lead this organization to new heights and I look forward to watching his leadership better our already impressive team.”

Prior to becoming the 101st AOG commander, Colonel Ferry served as the 601st AOC Strategy Division chief, responsible for leading the planning efforts for the AOC.

“To Colonel Spear and Colonel Cucchi, you have laid a solid foundation for me build upon,” said Colonel Ferry. “Thank you for your mentorship and friendship throughout the years. I am beyond humbled to be given this opportunity to lead who I believe is the greatest group of men and women in today’s military. I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I look forward to what lies ahead for America’s AOC.”

Another change in leadership immediately followed as Colonel Cucchi assumed command of the 601st AOC from Col. Randy Spear. The 601st AOC change of command was presided over by Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – First Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as commander of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center,” said Colonel Spear. “America’s AOC is truly a family and I will miss every one of you. I know that Colonel Cucchi and Colonel Ferry will do great things for this organization and its people.”

The ceremony not only marked a change in leadership at the AOC but also a big change in Colonel Spear’s life, as he retired after nearly three and half years as the commander of the 601st AOC and 25 years of dedicated service to the United States Air Force.

Colonel Cucchi served as the second commander of the 101st AOG, a Florida Air National Guard unit that provides manning for the 601st AOC to fulfill its critical mission of defending the homeland. The 101st AOG, formerly known as the Southeast Air Defense Sector, was officially activated July 1, 2009.

“Colonel Spear has done an exceptional job as commander of the 601st and I wish him well in his future endeavors,” said General Clarke. “America’s AOC is in good hands; both Colonel Cucchi and Colonel Ferry are the right people for the job.”

The 601st AOC is responsible for detecting, deterring, defending and if necessary, defeating any aviation threat to the citizens of the United States and to U.S. critical infrastructure.

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Article source: http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123327354

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