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BRIG. Gen. John Doucette was relieved as installation commander/base commanding officer of Andersen Air Force Base by Brig. Gen. Steven Garland at a change of command ceremony held inside the base yesterday.
As commanding officer, Brig. Gen. Garland will assume the duties of overseeing AAFB operations such as ensuring the successful employment, deployment, integration and enabling of air and space forces; seeing to the wellbeing of more than 8,500 military and civilian personnel; and assisting with installation management for Joint Region Marianas.
During the ceremony, Garland praised the base and its airmen, saying: “I am honored to be one of you.”
Garland previously served at Nellis AFB, where he was the 99th Air Base Wing commander. He is a master navigator with more than 3,000 flying hours including 1,100 combat flying hours in the F-15E and F-4G aircraft.
Upon leaving his command, Doucette was awarded with the Legion of Merit. The award is presented to officers who have shown exceptionally meritorious conduct. Doucette had served as commander since 2010.
Doucette leaves Guam to become the deputy commander and chief of staff at the Joint Warfare Center, NATO Supreme Allied Command for Transformation in Stavanger, Norway.
Lt. Gen. Stanley T. Kresge, the commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Hawaii, was also in attendance.