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45th Launch Group commander assumes command of 45th Operations Group

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing presents Col. Steven Lang, commander of the 45th Launch Group and the 45th Operations Group with the 45th OG guidon, June 1, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Lang assumed command from Col. Burton Catledge, and took on the role of the 45th LCG and the 45th OG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Phil Sunkel)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing presents Col. Steven Lang, commander of the 45th Launch Group and the 45th Operations Group with the 45th OG guidon, June 1, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Lang assumed command from Col. Burton Catledge, and took on the role of the 45th LCG and the 45th OG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Phil Sunkel)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- Col. Steven Lang, commander of the 45th Launch Group assumes command of the 45th Operations Group, June 1, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. accepting the command from Col. Burton Catledge.

The change of command ceremony was presided over by Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing. Lang will be in command of both the 45th LCG and the 45th OG.

“To the men and women of the 45th OG, you are phenomenal at what you do,” said Lang. “I promise you that we will keep our laser focus on mission success, as we always have. We will wade through challenges with integrity, service, and excellence, like we always have at the 45th Space Wing. We can never forget that American space power begins right here at Cape Canaveral. ”

Monteith thanked Catledge for his outstanding leadership of the Airmen in the 45th Operations Group.

“This is an exceptionally diverse group of individuals and it takes an exceptional leader to make this work, and Col. Catledge has done exactly that,” said Monteith. “We can’t thank you enough for your leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to make a difference.”

With Lang now having a dual-role as both the 45th LCG and 45th OG commander, both groups will work together, becoming more streamlined and with a more unified effort than ever before.

“Col. Lang is the right officer and the right leader to continue taking this organization forward,” said Monteith. “There is no place in our Air Force, and no place in our nation that you should want to be than right here because you will get no better leadership going forward than Col. Steven Lang.”