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Operations Support Squadron welcomes new commander

Lt. Col. Jayson Rickard, the new commander of the 419th Operations Support Squadron, renders his first salute to the OSS during a change of command ceremony Oct. 18, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Lt. Col. Jayson Rickard, the new commander of the 419th Operations Support Squadron, renders his first salute to the OSS during a change of command ceremony Oct. 18, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Lt. Col. Jayson Rickard assumed command of the 419th Operations Support Squadron from Lt. Col. Erik Fiederer Oct. 18, 2020, during the wing’s training weekend here.  

During the ceremony, Fiederer called Rickard a “benchmark example” of being a leader during good and bad times, and turning adversity into an advantage.

Rickard expressed a desire to take care of Airmen and to continue to grow the capabilities and recognition of the squadron.

“Each one of you has played a role in the transformation of this organization from a support flight to a support squadron,” Rickard said during his remarks.

The OSS is comprised of three major functional areas: air crew flight equipment, intelligence, and current operations. Each of these areas is integrated with the active duty 388th Operations Support Squadron as they support all four F-35A Lightning II fighter squadrons at Hill AFB.

The 419th OSS supports the wing’s mission by providing the foundation for F-35 combat power and enables its Airmen to deploy with the intelligence data and equipment needed to execute the mission at any deployed location.