It was a big day at Barksdale Air Force Base where the 2nd Bomb Wing gets a new Commander.

Col. Mark C. Dmytryszyn assumed command from Col. Michael Miller in a ceremony officiated by the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington.

“Airmen of the Mighty Deuce, you're placing trust in me. I acknowledge the leap of faith that requires,” Dmytryszyn said to an audience of approximately 120 Airmen and civilian personnel, and to an additional audience of  more than 150 people watching via video live stream as the wing continues following social distancing guidelines and preventative health measures in response to COVID-19.

Dmytryszyn spoke about the Bomb Wing's historical significance through past and present conflicts and challenged Airmen to continue contributing to Barksdale's legacy by being effective leaders.

”To be ready for tomorrow, we -- from me to and through you will need to lead. Fortunately, leadership generates leadership as it multiplies its way deeper into an organization," Dmytryszyn said. "Our combined and cascading leadership will mobilize each other up and down the chain and laterally beyond our unit boundaries to our myriad mission partners. That leadership will mobilize us to embrace and exhibit our valued contributions enabling each of us to act upon our ownership in the mission,  spring boarding us into making motivated, collaborative and innovative choices."