355th Fighter Wing gains new commander

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, passes the 355th Fighter Wing guidon to Col. Scott Campbell during the unit’s change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Before assuming command of the 355th FW, Campbell served as the senior policy advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, passes the 355th Fighter Wing guidon to Col. Scott Campbell during the unit’s change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Before assuming command of the 355th FW, Campbell served as the senior policy advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jennifer Short, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, stands at the head of a formation of Airmen from the 355th FW during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. During the ceremony, Col. Scott Campbell assumed command of the 355th FW from Col. James Meger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jennifer Short, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, stands at the head of a formation of Airmen from the 355th FW during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. During the ceremony, Col. Scott Campbell assumed command of the 355th FW from Col. James Meger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors during a change of command ceremony at D-M AFB, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander and the ceremony’s presiding officer, commended Col. James Meger’s accomplishments and welcomed Col. Scott Campbell to the wing before passing command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors during a change of command ceremony at D-M AFB, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander and the ceremony’s presiding officer, commended Col. James Meger’s accomplishments and welcomed Col. Scott Campbell to the wing before passing command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour)

U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Campbell makes his first remarks after assuming command of the 355th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Campbell is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in the T-34, T-38, A-10 and MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Campbell makes his first remarks after assuming command of the 355th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Campbell is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in the T-34, T-38, A-10 and MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 crew chief, unveils the new pilot name of Lightning 1, the A-10C Thunderbolt II reserved for the 355th Fighter Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Col. Scott Campbell assumed command of the 355th FW from Col. James Meger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 crew chief, unveils the new pilot name of Lightning 1, the A-10C Thunderbolt II reserved for the 355th Fighter Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Col. Scott Campbell assumed command of the 355th FW from Col. James Meger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Campbell makes his remarks as the incoming commander of the 355th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Campbell is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in the T-34, T-38, A-10 and MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Campbell makes his remarks as the incoming commander of the 355th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Campbell is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in the T-34, T-38, A-10 and MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, after making his remarks as outgoing commander during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Meger relinquished his command of the 355th FW bringing a close to his 24-year-long career in the USAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, after making his remarks as outgoing commander during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Meger relinquished his command of the 355th FW bringing a close to his 24-year-long career in the USAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, makes his remarks as the presiding officer during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Col. Scott Campbell assumed command of the 355th Fighter Wing from Col. James Meger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, makes his remarks as the presiding officer during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Col. Scott Campbell assumed command of the 355th Fighter Wing from Col. James Meger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, outgoing 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Scott Campbell, incoming 355th FW commander, listen to remarks during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Meger relinquished his command of the 355th FW bringing a close to his 24-year-long career in the USAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, outgoing 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Scott Campbell, incoming 355th FW commander, listen to remarks during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2016. Meger relinquished his command of the 355th FW bringing a close to his 24-year-long career in the USAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Col. Scott Campbell assumed command of the 355th Fighter Wing from Col. James Meger during a change of command ceremony here, today.

Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander and the ceremony’s presiding officer, commended Meger’s accomplishments and welcomed Campbell to the wing before passing command.

“We’re going to go from one incredible leader to another incredible leader,” Nowland said.

Before assuming command, Campbell served as the Afghanistan country director for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Campbell is also a command pilot and has accumulated more than 3,200 flying hours in the T-34, T-38, A-10 and MQ-9.

After the guidon was passed, Campbell talked about the importance of family and thanked Col. Meger for setting him up for success.

“Meegs, I can’t thank you enough for the handover and turning over a wing that is running on rails,” Campbell said. “The only outstanding rating that Air Combat Command has ever given in our new inspection process, pretty much speaks for itself on where the wing is right now.”

Meger’s relinquishment of command brought a close to his 24-year-long career in the U.S. Air Force.