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134th Air Refueling Wing welcomes new mission support group commander

Col. Thomas Cauthen, 134th Air Refueling Wing commander, presents the 134th Mission Support Group guidon to Lt. Col. Lisa Godsey, MSG commander during a Change of Command ceremony May 5, 2018 at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base, Tenn. Col. Russell Gaby, previous 134th MSG commander relinquished his command to Godsey, previously the 134th Medical Group deputy commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gagnon)

Col. Thomas Cauthen, 134th Air Refueling Wing commander receives the 134th Mission Support Group guidon from Col. Russell Gaby, previous 134th MSG commander in the Change of Command ceremony May 5, 2018 at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base, Tenn. Gaby relinquished his command to Lt. Col. Godsey, previously the 134th Medical Group deputy commander . (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gagnon)

Col. Thomas Cauthen, 134th Air Refueling Wing commander, Col. Russell Gaby, 134th Mission Support Group commander, Lt. Col. Godsey, 134th Medical Group deputy commander, (front row) 1st Sgt. Roxanne Pilgrim, MSG First Sergeant (back), participate in the 134th Change of Command ceremony May 5, 2018 at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base, Tenn. Gaby relinquished his command to Godsey making her the new 134th MSG commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gagnon)

McGhee Tyson ANG Base, Tenn. -- Col. Russell Gaby relinquished command of the 134th Mission Support Group in preparation for his retirement, and Lt. Col. Lisa Godsey assumed command of MSG on May 5 at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. Godsey moved to this position from her role as the 134th Medical Group deputy commander.

“On one hand you’re excited, change is exciting,” said Col. Thomas Cauthen, Wing commander of the 134th. “When somebody new comes in, what’s this new commander going to do?”

“It’s also a little bittersweet as we prepare to say goodbye to a very revered member of our Wing. A commander that’s respected not just in mission support but across the entire Wing.”

Addressing members of the Mission Support Group, Gaby commented, “This is the best job I’ve ever had. You all made me look so good and I certainly did not deserve it, but I wanted to thank you.”

Godsey thanked her family and mentors for their support. “We talk a lot about today, ‘we’re here today’, but it’s really not about today. It’s about tomorrow, and next year, and the next five years, and not where we are but where we’re going.”

Godsey concluded with, “I truly can’t express how sincerely humbled I am, and honored to be a part of the mission support group. Thank you for everything that you do, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of this outstanding group of professionals.”