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Rezac assumes command of the 110th Bomb Squadron

Lt. Col. Timothy Rezac accepts the 110th Bomb Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Jared Kennish, 131st Operations Group commander, during Rezac's assumption of command ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 5, 2016. Rezac, who was previously chief of safety for the 131st, was joined by friends and family at the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess)

Lt. Col. Timothy Rezac accepts the 110th Bomb Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Jared Kennish, 131st Operations Group commander, during Rezac's assumption of command ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 5, 2016. Rezac, who was previously chief of safety for the 131st, was joined by friends and family at the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Lt. Col. Timothy "Bling" Rezac took command of the 110th Bomb Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony held here June 5 during the 131st Bomb Wing's drill weekend.

Previously the chief of safety for the 131st and the flight safety officer for the 509th Bomb Wing, Rezac served as the senior safety advisor for the Air National Guard's only operational B-2 wing.

"The squadron will look to you for leadership," said Lt. Col. Jared Kennish, 131st Operations Group commander. "When you build trust with the members of your unit, it becomes something that can never be replaced. Congratulations, I know you're the right person for the job, and I feel confident you will take the squadron where it needs to go."

Rezac thanked Kennish for his leadership and the active duty counterparts who attended, commenting on the strength of the Total Force Integration that Whiteman possesses.

Rezac received his commission through the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1999 and transitioned to the Missouri Air National Guard in 2009 after completing his B-2 tour with the active duty. He thanked his family for their support and related the innocence of his children to the mission of the squadron.

"The Mission of the B-2 is to provide innocence to the nation," Rezac said. "Our job - our mission - is to make sure every single American can wake up, go to work, get their kids on the bus and pay their bills without fear. There is a large part of the world that doesn't get to live like this. Most Americans take this for granted, and that is a good thing. It means we are doing our jobs."

The 110th Bomb Squadron's heritage starts with Charles Lindbergh and is the only Air National Guard unit fulfilling the B-2 mission, Rezac said.

"You maintain a high level of excellence each and every day, and I appreciate that," he said. "We back each other up and are a family that is focused on getting the mission done. I couldn't be more proud of an organization."