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McLeod takes command of 442d Fighter Wing's largest group at Whiteman Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, left, passes the unit flag to Lt. Col. William McLeod, in-coming 442d Maintenance Group Commander, for the 442d Maintenance Group assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, left, passes the unit flag to Lt. Col. William McLeod, in-coming 442d Maintenance Group Commander, for the 442d Maintenance Group assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, left, and Lt. Col. William McLeod, in-coming 442d Maintenance Group Commander, stand at attention during the publishing of orders for the 442d Maintenance Group assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, left, and Lt. Col. William McLeod, in-coming 442d Maintenance Group Commander, stand at attention during the publishing of orders for the 442d Maintenance Group assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William McLeod renders his first salute to Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, after assuming command of the 442d Maintenance Group on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William McLeod renders his first salute to Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, after assuming command of the 442d Maintenance Group on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, left, congratulates Lt. Col. William McLeod, in-coming 442d Maintenance Group Commander, during his assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Jennings)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing Commander, left, congratulates Lt. Col. William McLeod, in-coming 442d Maintenance Group Commander, during his assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Jennings)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William McLeod listens to Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz's speech during his assumption of command on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William McLeod listens to Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz's speech during his assumption of command on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. McLeod's wife and mother listen to his assumption of command speech on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. McLeod's wife and mother listen to his assumption of command speech on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. McLeod hands his wife flowers and thanks her for her support on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. McLeod hands his wife flowers and thanks her for her support on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William McLeod poses with his family after his assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William McLeod poses with his family after his assumption of command ceremony on Aug. 7, 2021 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Shelley Ecklebe)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William McLeod assumed command of the 442d Maintenance Group during an assumption of command ceremony here Aug 7.

Brig. Gen. Michael Schultz, 442d Fighter Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.

McLeod was previously the 932d Maintenance Group Commander at Scott AFB, IL where he was oversaw all maintenance production actions for C-40 distinguished visitor airlift.

McLeod now command’s the wing’s largest group and directs all maintenance actions for the assigned 26 A-10C Thunderbolt II’s. He is responsible for balancing the A-10s fleet health and maintenance workload along with maintaining operational requirements for the Air Force’s premier close air support asset.

“I am humbled and excited to be your commander” said McLeod. “I am thankful for the opportunity to lead and be a part of this team. I look forward to relearning the A-10 and engaging with the fine people who keep them flying.”

As the new maintenance commander, McLeod said his goals are simple “do not embarrass the patch – it means a lot to me, work hard and give me an honest effort, and last, don’t forget to have a little fun along the way.”

The 442d Maintenance Group is comprised of the 442d Maintenance Squadron, the 442d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 442d Maintenance Operations Flight, which provides combat-ready Airmen to Combatant Commander’s worldwide.