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Lyman and Linde to command Wyo. Air National Guard Mission Support Group

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Lt. Col. Paul Lyman, of Greeley, Colo., assumed command of the Wyoming Air National Guard's Mission Support Group in a ceremony Saturday, at the Wyoming Air National Guard base in Cheyenne.

Lyman takes command from Col. Debbie Henson, who is retiring.

The 153rd Mission Support Group provides the 153rd Airlift Wing with the base infrastructure and services support needed to produce combat ready units and personnel. As mission support group commander, Lyman will serve as the commander in charge of the 153rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Security Forces Squadron, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Force Support Squadron, and Communications Flight.

"It's an honor taking command of the 153rd Mission Support Group,"
said Lyman. "The 153rd Mission Support Group has a long history of mission success and customer service. I'm excited to be part of and, hopefully, enhance and improve this already great team."

He previously served as director of air operations at the Wyoming Air National Guard Headquarters. He has been a member of the Wyoming Air National Guard for 12 years.

Lyman is a commercial airline pilot with JetBlue Airways.

While Lyman will serve as the commander of the group, he will be serving in a traditional guard position. Lt. Col. Pete Linde has been selected as the deputy commander of the mission support group and will serve full-time as the leader and manager of the group during the regular week.

Linde was previously the commander of the Wyoming Counterdrug Support Program at Wyoming Joint Forces Headquarters.

"What a tremendous opportunity and privilege to work for, and with, the best air wing in the Air National Guard and with the finest collection of professionals in any mission support group," Linde said. "We have many inspections on the calendar for this fiscal year which does present many challenges, but I am confident we will emerge better equipped to execute our mission and ultimately be successful."

Linde has been a member of the Wyoming Air National Guard for eight years and lives in Cheyenne.