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22nd SFS gains new commander

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- The 22nd Security Forces Squadron welcomed a new commander Sept. 13 during a change-of-command ceremony on a warm, sunny morning in front of Bldg. 1115.

Maj. Michael Green succeeded Maj. Laura Soule after the ceremony began with a bang - literally. The arrival of the official party was not a run-of-the-mill change-of-command entrance as Col. Richard Wesche, 22nd Mission Support Group commander, who presided over the ceremony, and Majors Green and Soule, arrived in a Humvee. The three then marched to the podium through purple concealment smoke from two smoke grenades tossed from the rear of the security forces formation.

The ceremony formally turned responsibility of command of the defenders to Major Green, who came here after graduating from the Joint Military Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. JMIC serves the United States Intelligence Community by preparing personnel for senior positions in the U.S. Armed Forces and the national security structure. The college is authorized by Congress to award the master of science of strategic intelligence degree, which Major Green earned.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, Major Green holds bachelors degrees in history and criminal justice and earned a master of arts in organizational management from The George Washington University in, Washington D.C.

Some of his other significant career accomplishments, include being named honor graduate, Ground Combat Skills Level IV course in 1995; 89th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year in 1998; Squadron Officer School distinguished graduate in 1999; and Airlift Tanker Association Young Leader¬ship Award winner, also in 1999.

Prior to taking command of the 22nd SFS, he served as a shift leader, an operations officer and a squadron commander during his previous assignments.

Major Soule thanked Colonel Wesche and Lt. Col. Stephen Elliott, 22nd Mission Support Group deputy commander for their support and leadership.
To the 22nd SFS, Major Soule said, "You are my first and best command. Thank you for letting me be a part of it."

Major Green praised Maj. Soule, who just returned from a 179-day deployment in Iraq, for lead¬ership and the track record of the Defenders under her watch then addressed his new squadron.

"The men and women of the 22nd SFS at McConnell have a reputation. I consider it a privilege to work here."

Major Soule, who commanded the security forces squadron here for two years, is headed to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where she will take over as a squadron commander.