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55th MXG welcomes new commander

The official party including Brig. Gen. Jim Jones, 55th Wing commander, and Col. Terry A. Parsons, 55th Maintenance Group commander, prepare for the National Anthem. The 55th MXG has operational control of three squadrons, providing maintenance to 31 aircraft here. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Josh Plueger)

The official party including Brig. Gen. Jim Jones, 55th Wing commander, and Col. Terry A. Parsons, 55th Maintenance Group commander, prepare for the National Anthem. The 55th MXG has operational control of three squadrons, providing maintenance to 31 aircraft here. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Josh Plueger)

The Offutt Honor Guard stands ready to present the colors at the 55th Maintenance Group change of command ceremony June 27. (U.S. Air Force Photo /Josh Plueger)

The Offutt Honor Guard stands ready to present the colors at the 55th Maintenance Group change of command ceremony June 27. (U.S. Air Force Photo /Josh Plueger)

Lieutenant Col. Steve B. Hardy, commander of troops for the ceremony, and 55th Maintenance Group Airmen salute the incoming commander at the ceremony held in the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility. (U.S. Air Force Photo /Josh Plueger)

Lieutenant Col. Steve B. Hardy, commander of troops for the ceremony, and 55th Maintenance Group Airmen salute the incoming commander at the ceremony held in the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility. (U.S. Air Force Photo /Josh Plueger)

Brig. Gen. Jim Jones, 55th Wing commander, passes the group flag to Col. Terry A. Parsons as he assumes command of the 55th Maintenance Group. The passing of the flag is a military tradition dating back to the 18th Century. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Josh Plueger)

Brig. Gen. Jim Jones, 55th Wing commander, passes the group flag to Col. Terry A. Parsons as he assumes command of the 55th Maintenance Group. The passing of the flag is a military tradition dating back to the 18th Century. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Josh Plueger)

Col. Terry A. Parsons, 55th Maintenance Group commander, addresses the Airmen under his command. Colonel Parsons assumed command of about 1,100 personnel. (U.S. Air Force Photo /Josh Plueger)

Col. Terry A. Parsons, 55th Maintenance Group commander, addresses the Airmen under his command. Colonel Parsons assumed command of about 1,100 personnel. (U.S. Air Force Photo /Josh Plueger)

Col. Terry A. Parsons, 55th Maintenance Group commander, returns a salute to the formation at the June 27 change of command ceremony here. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Josh Plueger)

Col. Terry A. Parsons, 55th Maintenance Group commander, returns a salute to the formation at the June 27 change of command ceremony here. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Josh Plueger)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Airmen in the 55th Maintenance Group welcomed their new commander, Col. Terry Parsons, June 27 during a change of command ceremony at the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility here. 

Colonel Parsons assumed command of the group from Col. Gary Elliott, who had led the group since June 8, 2005.

Colonel Elliott bid farewell to the MXG Airmen before he retired after serving 29 years as an officer in the U. S. Air Force.

Colonel Parsons comes to Offutt from Robbins AFB, Ga. where he served as commander of the 559th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, at Warner Robbins Air Logistics Center. Colonel Parsons was responsible for leading and directing 520 civilian, military and contractor personnel who provided worldwide support through structural repair, system overhaul and aircraft modifications for the C-5 fleet.

Colonel Parsons graduated from South Dakota State University in 1985, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force.

Colonel Parsons has earned a Bronze Star Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, an Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and and Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster.