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Shaw medical squadron redesignates, appoints new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Christian Lyons, 20th Medical Group commander, left, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Jamale Hart, incoming 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron commander, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 21, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Christian Lyons, 20th Medical Group commander, left, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Jamale Hart, incoming 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron commander, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 21, 2019. Airmen with the 20th Health Operations Squadron keep Team Shaw fit to fight. (U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Brewer)

Hart has been in the Air Force since 1999 and came from Spangdalem Air Base, Germany to take over the 20th HOS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Brewer)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jamale Hart, incoming 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron (HOS) commander, receives a first salute from the 20th HOS Airmen at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 21, 2019. Hart has been in the Air Force since 1999 and came from Spangdalem Air Base, Germany to take command of the 20th HOS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Brewer)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marquita Price, outgoing 20th Medical Operations Squadron commander, performs a last salute before relinquishing her command at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 21, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marquita Price, outgoing 20th Medical Operations Squadron commander, performs a last salute before relinquishing her command at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 21, 2019. Price passed the guidon to Lt. Col. Jamale Hart, incoming 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Brewer)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --

The 20th Fighter Wing Medical Operations Squadron became the 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron during a change of command and redesignation ceremony, June 21, 2019.

Lt. Col. Jamale Hart, incoming 20th HOS commander, took charge of the squadron from Lt. Col. Marquita Price, outgoing 20th MDOS commander.

The unit, which aims to deliver high quality care and enhance continuous readiness of Team Shaw, is the first squadron to redesignate in 25 years.

“This redesignation is truly historic as it signifies a significant evolution in Air Force medicine, one that creates an organizational structure, increases focus on our key priorities of trusted care and readiness,” said Col. Christian Lyons, 20th Medical Group commander. “This is the first unit to move to this new construct to meet the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff’s Medical Reform vision.”

The request for the redesignation was made to reflect the increased responsibilities and capabilities of the units, people and assets of the 20th HOS Airmen.

“I couldn’t be happier with the welcome received from, ‘Team Shawsome’ in the coming days and weeks,” said Hart. “I look forward to meeting my fellow squadron commanders and learning how our mission ties to theirs. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the dynamic Weasel Medics.”