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The 22nd Special Tactics Squadron welcomes a new commander

The men and women of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron render their first salute to Lt. Col. Michael Evancic, incoming 22nd STS commander, during the change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Evancic took command of the 22nd STS from Col. Thad Allen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

The men and women of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron render their first salute to Lt. Col. Michael Evancic, incoming 22nd STS commander, during the change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Evancic took command of the 22nd STS from Col. Thad Allen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

Col. Kurt Buller (left), 720th Special Tactics Group commander, explains to Lt. Col. Michael Evancic, incoming 22nd Special Tactics Squadron commander, why he specifically chose him to be the new commander for the squadron during the change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Prior to taking command of the 22nd STS, Evancic was the director of operations for the squadron from May 2008 through June 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

Col. Kurt Buller (left), 720th Special Tactics Group commander, explains to Lt. Col. Michael Evancic, incoming 22nd Special Tactics Squadron commander, why he specifically chose him to be the new commander for the squadron during the change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Prior to taking command of the 22nd STS, Evancic was the director of operations for the squadron from May 2008 through June 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

The 22nd Special Tactics Squadron guide-on is passed to Lt. Col. Michael Evancic (center), incoming 22nd STS commander by presiding officer Col. Kurt Buller (left), 720th Special Tactics Group commander during a change of command ceremony June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities from the outgoing official to the incoming official. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

The 22nd Special Tactics Squadron guide-on is passed to Lt. Col. Michael Evancic (center), incoming 22nd STS commander by presiding officer Col. Kurt Buller (left), 720th Special Tactics Group commander during a change of command ceremony June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities from the outgoing official to the incoming official. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

Capt. Garrett Ianacone, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron director of operations, performs memorial push-ups with his Airmen during the change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Col. Thad Allen, outgoing 22nd STS commander, gave his final order and led the Airmen in the push-ups before he relinquished his command of the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

Capt. Garrett Ianacone, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron director of operations, performs memorial push-ups with his Airmen during the change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Col. Thad Allen, outgoing 22nd STS commander, gave his final order and led the Airmen in the push-ups before he relinquished his command of the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

The daughter of Col. Thad Allen, outgoing 22nd Special Tactics Squadron commander, sings the National Anthem in front of members of 22nd STS and their families during a change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The 22nd STS is responsible for training, equipping and employing combat control, tactical air control party and combat mission support personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

The daughter of Col. Thad Allen, outgoing 22nd Special Tactics Squadron commander, sings the National Anthem in front of members of 22nd STS and their families during a change of command ceremony, June 3, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The 22nd STS is responsible for training, equipping and employing combat control, tactical air control party and combat mission support personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- With the end of one chapter, another begins anew.

The men and women of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron welcomed Lt. Col. Michael Evancic who assumed command from Col. Thad Allen during a change of command ceremony, June 3, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Allen completed his time with the 22nd STS and welcomed Lt. Col. Michael Evancic to begin his own story with the squadron. Col. Kurt Buller, 720th Special Tactics Group commander, officiated the ceremony and made it clear that Evancic was specifically chosen for the task.

"I chose you because of your focus and maturity as well as being a former operations officer in the 2-2," said Buller. "Clearly, you understand the battle space well. I'm excited to get you in command."

Previously, Evancic was a Checkmate strategist at Headquarters Air Force located at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., where he developed United States Air Force operational plans, policy, strategy, employment and concepts to best achieve the nation's objectives.

Evancic graduated from Arizona State University and commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He began his career as a security forces officer and completed the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was accepted into the combat control training pipeline where he acquired the skills to be a combat diver and parachutist.

Evancic has prior experience with the 22nd STS as he was the director of operations for the squadron from May 2008 through June 2011, so he knows the area well.

After Evancic received the guide-on from Buller and presented it to Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Guilmain, 22nd STS squadron superintendent, he received his first salute from the members of his squadron and spoke his first words to them.

"To the men and women of the 22nd STS, let's get after it," Evancic said.

His speech was short but his Airmen knew how crucial his words were and are ready to get back to work at the front lines of the fight.