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Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, accepts the guideon and command of the wing from Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, during the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Hansen is the 63rd commander in the wing's history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, accepts the guideon and command of the wing from Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, during the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Hansen is the 63rd commander in the wing's history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Brook Leonard, outgoing 51st Fighter Wing commander, hands off the guideon to Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, during the 51 FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Leonard began his command tour in July of 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Brook Leonard, outgoing 51st Fighter Wing commander, hands off the guideon to Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, during the 51 FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Leonard began his command tour in July of 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

The 51st Fighter Wing stands in formation at the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The event signified the transfer of authority in the 66-year-old fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

The 51st Fighter Wing stands in formation at the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The event signified the transfer of authority in the 66-year-old fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Brook Leonard, outgoing 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the audience at the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Leonard reflected on his two-year tour at Osan, and said teamwork is the only way for Airmen in the U.S. and ROK to continue to improve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Brook Leonard, outgoing 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the audience at the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Leonard reflected on his two-year tour at Osan, and said teamwork is the only way for Airmen in the U.S. and ROK to continue to improve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

The honor guard presents the colors as the 51st Fighter Wing formation salutes during the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The ceremony transfered command of the 66-year-old fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

The honor guard presents the colors as the 51st Fighter Wing formation salutes during the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The ceremony transfered command of the 66-year-old fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Members of the official party laugh after Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy tells a joke about working with the incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, Col. Andrew Hansen June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. O'Shaughnessy was presiding over the ceremony, which transfered command of the 51st FW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Members of the official party laugh after Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy tells a joke about working with the incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, Col. Andrew Hansen June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. O'Shaughnessy was presiding over the ceremony, which transfered command of the 51st FW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, salutes the formation during the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Hansen is the 63rd commander in the wing's history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, salutes the formation during the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Hansen is the 63rd commander in the wing's history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the audience at the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Hansen talked about the strong relationship between the U.S. and ROK, emphasizing the importance of continuing the two countries strong friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the audience at the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Hansen talked about the strong relationship between the U.S. and ROK, emphasizing the importance of continuing the two countries strong friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Brook Leonard, outgoing 51st Fighter Wing commander, sing the Air Force song at the end of the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The ceremony signified the passing of authority in the 51st FW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, Col. Andrew Hansen, incoming 51st Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Brook Leonard, outgoing 51st Fighter Wing commander, sing the Air Force song at the end of the 51st FW change of command ceremony June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The ceremony signified the passing of authority in the 51st FW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro/Released)

Lt. Gen. Terrence  O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, pins on the Legion of Merit onto Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander, during the 51st FW Change of Command Ceremony, June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. During a Change of Command ceremony, the passing of colors, standards, or ensigns from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its soldiers is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and also signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit's commander.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)
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Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, pins on the Legion of Merit onto Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander, during the 51st FW Change of Command Ceremony, June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. During a Change of Command ceremony, the passing of colors, standards, or ensigns from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its soldiers is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and also signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit's commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Staff Sgt. Patrick McCormick, 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, salutes the new 51st Fighter Wing commander during the 51st FW Change of Command ceremony, June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The Change of Command ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)
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Staff Sgt. Patrick McCormick, 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, salutes the new 51st Fighter Wing commander during the 51st FW Change of Command ceremony, June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The Change of Command ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Senior Airman Rogelio Rios, 51st Security Forces Squadron member, fires two shots from a rifle during the 51st Fighter Wing Change of Command Ceremony, June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The first shot was fired simultaneously with the outgoing commander passing off the guide on, releaving his command and the second shot as the guide on was passed to the incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)
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Senior Airman Rogelio Rios, 51st Security Forces Squadron member, fires two shots from a rifle during the 51st Fighter Wing Change of Command Ceremony, June 16, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The first shot was fired simultaneously with the outgoing commander passing off the guide on, releaving his command and the second shot as the guide on was passed to the incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Charge of the 51st Fighter Wing was put into new hands during a change of command ceremony June 16 at Osan Air Base.

During the ceremony, Col. Brook Leonard relinquished command of the 66-year-old fighter wing to Col. Andrew Hansen, the wing's 63rd commander.

The event was presided over by Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 7th Air Force commander, who noted the historic importance of the 51st FW's relationship with their Korean partners. O'Shaughnessy praised Leonard's accomplishments at Team Osan, while welcoming Hansen.

"Today, we bid [Leonard] farewell, but we also know great things are coming for you in our Air Force," O'Shaughnessy said. "It is a testament to your leadership as installation commander that all the organizations that comprise Team Osan have adopted your motivation, your drive to work, to train hard, and to be able to fight together tonight.

Before arriving at Osan, Hansen was vice commander of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, Japan. This is his 17th assignment in a 22-year career. The new commander surmised his focus as commander on taking care of people, continuing to develop leadership and enhancing already strong community relationships.

"It's a dream come true to become part of such an incredible team and support such an important mission," said Hansen.

Hansen said his command would be a great opportunity to build on the efforts of his predecessors.

"We now have the opportunity to build on the tremendous work of those who came before us," said Hansen. "It's vital that we continue to be prepared to fight and win tonight, to refine our craft, and to make the best better. Mission first, people always, must be our focus."

Leonard, who served as 51st FW Commander since July of 2013, is moving on to work as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He reflected on his time at Osan with positivity and pride, remarking that teamwork and courage are the main elements that will keep Team Osan great.

"We have to have courage on the road in front of us on this relentless pursuit of excellence," said Leonard. "Teamwork brings out our best and makes it better... Team Osan, we guarded the freedom of 51 million people. We did so by taking care of the person to our left and every day improving our foxhole and making our best better. It was a true honor to serve with each and every one of you."

The common thread of the change of command was the importance of guarding freedom and the long, and strong, alliance between the U.S. and ROK.

"This alliance is like no other," said Leonard. "We don't share a common border, and we don't share a common language. Our grandparents sacrificed their lives for freedom in and around Osan and around this peninsula because they believed in justice and the rule of law. This alliance stands ready constantly, like no other alliance in the world."