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3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark (left), Col. Thomas Torkelson and Col. Christopher Amrhein salute during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Amrhein assumed command of the 100th Air Refueling Wing from Torkelson.

3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark (left), Col. Thomas Torkelson and Col. Christopher Amrhein salute during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Amrhein assumed command of the 100th Air Refueling Wing from Torkelson. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark (left), Col. Thomas Torkelson and Col. Christopher Amrhein salute during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Amrhein assumed command of the 100th Air Refueling Wing from Torkelson.

3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark (left), Col. Thomas Torkelson and Col. Christopher Amrhein salute during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Amrhein assumed command of the 100th Air Refueling Wing from Torkelson. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark speaks to an audience of servicemembers, families and distinguished members of the local British community during the 100th Air Refueling Wing change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Col. Christopher Amrhein assumed command of the wing from Col. Thomas Torkelson.

3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark speaks to an audience of servicemembers, families and distinguished members of the local British community during the 100th Air Refueling Wing change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Col. Christopher Amrhein assumed command of the wing from Col. Thomas Torkelson. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

Outgoing commander of the 100th Air Refueling Wing Col. Thomas Torkelson speaks during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Col. Christopher Amrhein assumed command of the wing and previously served as the vice commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Outgoing commander of the 100th Air Refueling Wing Col. Thomas Torkelson speaks during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Col. Christopher Amrhein assumed command of the wing and previously served as the vice commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark (left) presents with 100th Air Refueling Wing guidon to Col. Christopher Amrhein during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Amrhein assumed command of the wing from Col. Thomas Torkelson.

3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark (left) presents with 100th Air Refueling Wing guidon to Col. Christopher Amrhein during a change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. Amrhein assumed command of the wing from Col. Thomas Torkelson. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

Col. Christopher Amrhein speaks to an audience of airmen, their families and members of the local British community during the 100th Air Refueling Wing change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017.

Col. Christopher Amrhein speaks to an audience of airmen, their families and members of the local British community during the 100th Air Refueling Wing change of command ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, England, Friday, July 21, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

RAF MILDENALL, England — U.S. servicemembers and British dignitaries welcomed Col. Christopher Amrhein as the new commander of the 100th Air Refueling Wing on Friday.

Airmen stood in formation as Amrhein assumed command from Col. Thomas Torkelson in a ceremony presided by 3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark.

“To the airmen and families of the 100th, it is my honor to join the team and I’m humbled by what you do every day,” Amrhein said in a speech. “A key focus on mission and deliberate effort to ensure resiliency for our airmen and their family members is of the utmost importance to me.”

Amrhein entered the U.S. Air Force in 1996. He has logged more than 3,000 flight hours in the KC-135 Stratotanker and other aircraft, and previously served as the vice commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

“Chris, your amazing career has prepared you well for this opportunity and I want to be the first to congratulate you and your family as you assume command of the storied 100th Air Refueling Wing,” Clark said in the ceremony.

The 100th ARW conducts air refueling and combat support operations throughout the European and African areas of responsibility for U.S. forces.

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