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Elizabeth Evans assumes command of maintenance squadron

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Linde, 153rd Maintenance Group commander, returns a salute from incoming 153rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander Maj. Elizabeth Evans during an assumption of command ceremony June 10, 2017 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Evans previously held the position of 153rd Maintenance Operations Flight commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Linde, 153rd Maintenance Group commander, returns a salute from incoming 153rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander Maj. Elizabeth Evans during an assumption of command ceremony June 10, 2017 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Evans previously held the position of 153rd Maintenance Operations Flight commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Linde, 153rd Maintenance Group commander, passes the 153rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidon to Maj. Elizabeth Evans during an assumption of command ceremony June 10, 2017 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Evans previously held the position of 153rd Maintenance Operations Flight commander.

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Linde, 153rd Maintenance Group commander, passes the 153rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidon to Maj. Elizabeth Evans during an assumption of command ceremony June 10, 2017 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Evans previously held the position of 153rd Maintenance Operations Flight commander.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. --

Maj. Elizabeth Evans assumed command of the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron June 10 after serving three years as the 153rd Maintenance Operations Flight commander.

“Maintenance is in my blood,” Evans said. “As a prior enlisted crew chief on F- 15s, I’ve always been in maintenance. I’m incredibly excited that I’m now in a position that I used to look up to as an enlisted member.”

Evans commissioned as an active duty maintenance officer before joining the Wyoming Air National Guard in 2012. Evans assumes command of the squadron as a full- time technician.

“I’ve been looking forward to becoming a commander since I put on second lieutenant.” Evans explained. “I want to help with growth, growth within the unit and the members. I plan on doing a lot of listening.”

Chief Master Sgt. Scott Wagner, equipment maintenance superintendent, began working with Evans when she entered the wing five years ago.

“Maj. Evans is a strong leader,” he described. “She has a strong desire for quality and compliance. She has a vision for creating a squadron focused on the mission.”

A trusted member of the maintenance community, Wagner is most looking forward to forging the aircraft maintenance squadron and maintenance squadron relationship to improve the overall quality of the aircraft. “Maj. Evans brought a different perspective to maintenance. That experience is invaluable.”

Evans will command more than 50 airmen in the squadron.