192nd Intel Squadron recognizes new commander

Lt. Col. Thomas McAtee, 192nd Operations Group Commander, presents the unit guidon for the 192nd Intelligence Squadron to Lt. Col. David R. Lands, signifying his assumption of command of the unit, during a change of command ceremony held Jan. 10 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Lands assumed command from Lt. Col. Bryan E. Salmon who recently assumed a new role as the Air National Guard Advisor to the 480th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Thomas McAtee, 192nd Operations Group Commander, presents the unit guidon for the 192nd Intelligence Squadron to Lt. Col. David R. Lands, signifying his assumption of command of the unit, during a change of command ceremony held Jan. 10, 2015, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Lands assumed command from Lt. Col. Bryan E. Salmon who recently assumed a new role as the Air National Guard Advisor to the 480th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The 192nd Intelligence Squadron celebrated a change of command ceremony January 10, 2015, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va. Lt. Col. David R. Lands assumed command of the Intelligence Squadron from Lt. Col. Bryan E. Salmon who recently assumed a new role as the Air National Guard Advisor to the 480th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing.

“Lt. Col. Lands’ knowledge, professionalism, and work ethic are beyond reproach,” said Salmon. “As the commander, my goals were to enable the senior non-commissioned officer leadership and officers to lead, focus on mission operations of the squadron, and develop a culture and spirit of being a warfighter.”

“By doing these things I hoped to position the squadron so that when the next commander took over he or she could take the squadron to a new level, a level never achieved, and do things as a commander I could never do,” said Salmon. “Lt. Col. Lands, I am so pleased that the leadership has chosen you to be that commander, you are the one who can do just that.”

Lands was commissioned in 2001 upon graduation from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. His intelligence career began in 2005 when he was assigned to the 192nd Operation Support Flight as an intelligence operations officer. Lands served as the director of operations for the 192nd IS from 2006-2014.

“My main goal as the commander is to provide mission capable forces to the active duty Air Force and refine domestic operations support for Virginia’s Joint Force Headquarters and Department of Military Affairs,” said Lands. “Lt. Col. Salmon’s expectation of our Airmen was simple; work ethic, accountability and teamwork. Our Airmen have responded well and this absolutely must continue.”

“The 192nd Intel Squadron is unique, as our federal mission training aligns well with our domestic mission capability to provide incident awareness and assessment to the Commonwealth of Virginia, perhaps better than any other unit in the Virginia Air National Guard,” said Lands. “We are trained and ready to execute either mission upon request.”

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