No. 56 takes command of the 17 TRW

From left to right:  Col. Richard Ayres officially takes command of the 17th Training Wing guidon from Maj. Gen. Michael Gould, 2nd Air Force commander, while Chief Master Sgt. Paul Moreau (center), 17 TRW command chief, stands at attention during a change of command ceremony Mar. 9 at the base parade grounds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

From left to right: Col. Richard Ayres officially takes command of the 17th Training Wing guidon from Maj. Gen. Michael Gould, 2nd Air Force commander, while Chief Master Sgt. Paul Moreau (center), 17 TRW command chief, stands at attention during a change of command ceremony Mar. 9 at the base parade grounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Chief Warrant Officer Howard Heflin leads the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment flight as he salutes Col. Scott Bethel, former 17th Training Wing commander during the pass and review.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Barton)

Chief Warrant Officer Howard Heflin leads the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment flight as he salutes Col. Scott Bethel, former 17th Training Wing commander during the pass and review. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Barton)

Goodfellow servicemembers gather cerimoniously at the center of the base parade grounds during pass and review.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Goodfellow servicemembers gather cerimoniously at the center of the base parade grounds during pass and review. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Chief Petty Officer Gregory Collins renders a salute during the pass and review portion of the 17th Training Wing Change of Command ceremony Mar. 9.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Chief Petty Officer Gregory Collins renders a salute during the pass and review portion of the 17th Training Wing Change of Command ceremony Mar. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Col. Richard Ayres addresses the audience moments after taking command of the 17th Training Wing during a change of command ceremony Mar. 9 at the base parade grounds.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Barton

Col. Richard Ayres addresses the audience moments after taking command of the 17th Training Wing during a change of command ceremony Mar. 9 at the base parade grounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Barton

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Goodfellow Air Force Base hosted a change of command ceremony March 9, at the base parade grounds, officiated by Maj. Gen. Michael Gould, 2nd Air Force commander. The wing guidon flag was passed to the 56th commander in the 17th Training Wing's history.

Col. Richard Ayres replaces Col. Scott Bethel, who will serve as the deputy director of intelligence and air, and information operations for technical training at Air Education and Training Command headquarters at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

"When I found out I was coming to Goodfellow, I knew it would be a good situation for me because I had heard great things about the base. Scott (former wing commander) you have done an outstanding job as the wing commander for Goodfellow. I look forward to embracing the opportunity to build on the foundation you have established and lead this dedicated and professional group of men and women," said Col. Ayres at the change of command ceremony.

Goodfellow is Col. Ayres' fifth command. He previously commanded the 480th Intelligence Group at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

After serving as deputy director at the Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., Col. Ayres served in two different positions at U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center in Royal Air Force Molesworth, United Kingdom-first as the director of operations and then as the commander.

The colonel's first two command positions were the 32nd Air Intelligence Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and the 437th Airlift Wing, in Charleston AFB, S.C. respectively.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by two Master of Arts degrees; the first in Middle Eastern studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif. in 1989 and the second in National Security Affairs at the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Va.

Col. Ayres is a distinguished graduate of the Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. and a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College also at Maxwell.

Col. Ayres major decorations and awards include a Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star, the 9th highest military award (including both combat and non combat awards) in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, an Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and a Joint Service Achievement Medal.