New commander takes charge of Pacific Air Commandos

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram
  • 353rd Special Operations Group
A new leader accepted command of the Air Force's only special operations unit in the Pacific region here June 10 during a change of command ceremony.

Col. Robert Toth accepted command of the 353rd Special Operations Group from Col. David Mullins in the ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Donny Wurster, Air Force Special Operations Command commander. Colonel Toth previously served as the Chief, Joint Air Operations Division in the Center for Special Operations at Headquarters United States Special Operations Command and is a master navigator with more than 3,200 flight hours including over 150 combat hours.

Shortly after taking charge of the 353rd SOG, Colonel Toth stated how proud he was to lead the group and praised the outgoing commander for his leadership and accomplishments.

"As you have heard Colonel Mullins say, to command is always a privilege," the new commander said. "But to command in a time of war is a distinct honor. Part of the honor for me today is that I follow one of our Air Force's great leaders. Your list of accomplishments with the SOG is the benchmark of success. Together, we will work to build on your legacy."

For the outgoing commander, the event was a chance to reflect on his time with the unit and praise the men and women of the group.

"It's been an honor to be your commander these past two years," said Colonel Mullins. "To command is a privilege, to command for a second time is truly a blessing. One I have loved and enjoyed the past two years. The 353rd SOG will always hold a special place in mine and Laura's hearts. We are extremely happy to have been a part of the Air Commandos of the Pacific. Thank you so much. This is without a doubt the finest collection of Air Commandos ever fielded by the Unites States Air Force."