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495th Fighter Group welcomes 4th commander

495th FG Change of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey T. Allison, right, 495th Fighter Group (FG) incoming commander, assumes command as the fourth commander of the 495th FG from Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, during a Change of Command ceremony, June 26, 2018, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Prior to assuming command, Allison was a 2018 graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Penn. As commander for the 495th FG, Allison leads 700 regular Air Force members co-located in seven geographically separated squadrons, plus an additional 16 operating locations integrated with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

495th FG Change of Command

Back left to right: U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander; Col. Michael J. Dean, 495th Fighter Group (FG) outgoing commander; and Col. Jeffrey T. Allison, 495th FG incoming commander, salute the U.S. Flag during the 495th FG Change of Command ceremony, June 26, 2018, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The Shaw AFB Honor Guard's Color Guard presented the colors, otherwise known as the flags, standards, banners, and pennants. During the playing of the National Anthem, the Color Guard lowers the Air Force flag in respect to the U.S. Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

495th FG Change of Command

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, speaks during the 495th Fighter Group (FG) Change of Command ceremony, June 26, 2018, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The 495th FG is one of three direct reporting units under 9th AF. The group was reactivated March 8, 2013, at Shaw AFB as a conduit between active-duty Airmen and their guard and reserve counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

495th FG Change of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael J. Dean, right, 495th Fighter Group (FG) outgoing commander, relinquishes command of the 495th FG to Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, during a Change of Command ceremony, June 26, 2018, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Dean will retire with 26 years of service to the Air Force. He was a command pilot with more than 3,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, and F-16 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

495th FG Change of Command

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, presents Col. Michael J. Dean, 495th Fighter Group (FG) outgoing commander, with the Legion of Merit during the 495th FG Change of Command ceremony, June 26, 2018, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The Legion of Merit is awarded for outstanding service, fidelity and loyalty in either combat or noncombat positions. This was Dean's second Legion of Merit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Col. Michael J. Dean, 495th Fighter Group (FG) incoming commander, assumed command of the group June 26.

Dean is the fourth commander to lead since the 495th FG was reactivated March 8, 2013.