114th Operations Group change of command

Col. Nate Alholinna, 114th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 114th Operations Group guidon flag to Lt. Col. Quenten Esser as he assumes command of the 114th Operations Group effective May 1, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart/Released)

Col. Nate Alholinna, 114th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 114th Operations Group guidon flag to Lt. Col. Quenten Esser as he assumes command of the 114th Operations Group effective May 1, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart/Released)

Col. Gregory Lair, 114th Fighter Wing vice commander, passes the 175th Fighter Squadron guidon flag to Lt. Col. Cory Kestel as he assumes command of the 175th Fighter Squadron effective May 1, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart/Released)

Col. Gregory Lair, 114th Fighter Wing vice commander, passes the 175th Fighter Squadron guidon flag to Lt. Col. Cory Kestel as he assumes command of the 175th Fighter Squadron effective May 1, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart/Released)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two change of command ceremonies were held at Joe Foss Field, S.D. May 1, 2016.  Col. Gregory W. Lair, 114th Fighter Wing vice commander, relinquished command of the 114th Operations Group to Lt. Col. Quenten M. Esser, former 175th Fighter Squadron commander.  Esser is a command pilot with the unit and had served as the 175th Fighter Squadron commander since Dec. 2014.    Assuming command of the 175th Fighter Squadron is Lt. Col. Cory J. Kestel, formerly the Director of Operations for the unit.

2016 is a year of several command changes at the unit and the new commanders look forward to continuing the heritage of excellence that their predecessors displayed.