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Lyons takes command of USTRANSCOM

U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew passes the U.S. Transportation Command guidon to U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons during a change of command ceremony held Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew passes the U.S. Transportation Command guidon to U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons during a change of command ceremony held Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The passing of a guidon serves as a visual symbol of a change of command. Lyons is the first Army officer to head USTRANSCOM. He leads an enterprise of more than 144,000 logistics and transportation professionals. U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis presided over the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Oz Suguitan)

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons receives his first salute as the U.S. Transportation Command at a change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons receives his first salute as the U.S. Transportation Command at a change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Lyons previously served as the Director for Logistics on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and was the USTRANSCOM deputy commander from 2015-2017.

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons salutes a detail of sailors after taking command of U.S. Transportation Command during a ceremony held at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2018.

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons salutes a detail of sailors after taking command of U.S. Transportation Command during a ceremony held at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2018. The global combatant command is comprised of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians. The ceremony incorporated traditions from all the military services, including this U.S. Navy tradition known as “piping the side.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis congratulates retiring U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew during the U.S. Transportation Command change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis congratulates retiring U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew during the U.S. Transportation Command change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons thanks family, distinguished guests and military members in his first address as commander of U.S. Transportation Command after a change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons thanks family, distinguished guests and military members in his first address as commander of U.S. Transportation Command after a change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Lyons assured the crowd, “This TRANSCOM team remains committed to ensure that we are prepared to project military power globally at our nation’s time and place of choosing.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis (left), U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew (center) and U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons (right) pay respect to the colors during a U.S. Transportation Command change of command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2018.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis (left), U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew (center) and U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons (right) pay respect to the colors during a U.S. Transportation Command change of command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2018. Lyons is the first U.S. Army officer to lead the command since it was established 31 years ago.

U.S. Army soldiers from the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, fire a 17-volley cannon salute to honor outgoing commander U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew during the U.S. Transportation Command change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

U.S. Army soldiers from the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, fire a 17-volley cannon salute to honor outgoing commander U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew during the U.S. Transportation Command change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. McDew relinquished command to U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew renders a final salute to members of U.S. Transportation Command during a change of command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew renders a final salute to members of U.S. Transportation Command during a change of command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2018. USTRANSCOM is a global combatant command and transportation provider for the Department of Defense. The command moves, sustains the force and operates the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise. USTRANSCOM provides the President options to build combat power and deliver national objectives at the time and place of his choosing.

U. S. Marine Sgt. Joel Gonzalez presents a bouquet of yellow roses to Mrs. Maureen Lyons on behalf of the men and women of U.S. Transportation Command.

U. S. Marine Sgt. Joel Gonzalez presents a bouquet of yellow roses to Mrs. Maureen Lyons on behalf of the men and women of U.S. Transportation Command. Her husband, U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, became the 13th commander of the global combatant command in a change of command ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

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U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons took command of U.S. Transportation Command in a ceremony here Aug. 24, 2018, becoming the first Army officer to lead the global combatant command. 

 
U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis presided over the ceremony, highlighting the important mission of USTRANSCOM and the future of the command.

“When you see the connectivity and capability of this remarkable TRANSCOM team, any doubts about America’s ‘military might’ fade immediately,” said Mattis.

As the 13th USTRANSCOM commander, Lyons leads an enterprise of more than 144,000 logistics and transportation professionals.
 
Lyons previously served as Director for Logistics at the Pentagon and was the USTRANSCOM Deputy Commander from 2015 to 2017.
 
He spoke to the crowd of dignitaries, community partners, gold-star families and military members after taking the reins of the command. 
 
“To this great TRANSCOM team and the broader joint deployment and distribution enterprise that includes organizations like the Maritime Administration, Defense Logistics Agency and our commercial partners … let me just say how incredibly proud I am to rejoin your ranks,” said Lyons.
 
Lyons succeeds U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew, who retired today after 36 years of military service.
 
McDew told the audience he was proud of the USTRANSCOM team and praised their efforts.  He challenged his former command to “… never allow yourselves to become satisfied with where you are today. Be bold. Lead. America’s future depends on it.”
 
During McDew’s tenure, USTRANSCOM supported strike operations in Libya and multiple missions in support of Operations Inherent Resolve in the Middle East and Freedom’s Sentinel in Southwest Asia, directing the movement of more than 236,500 passengers and 402,500 short tons of cargo by land and air.
 
USTRANSCOM executed more than 500 missions in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017, transporting evacuees, security forces and humanitarian relief supplies. McDew led the effort to overcome the challenges of responding in three geographic areas of responsibility separated by more than 2,200 miles.
 
McDew oversaw a historic, national policy change which expanded the command's role to coordinate transportation for the joint force within the Department of Defense. 

Today, USTRANSCOM delivers air, land and sea transportation capabilities for the DoD, projecting combat power anywhere in the world. 

As the ceremony concluded, Lyons expressed his gratitude to all in attendance and had a message for his new command:  “I’m honored to lead you on this next journey. Together, we will deliver.”

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