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Space Command change

Gen. John E. Hyten takes command of the Air Force Space Command as Gen. William L. Shelton retires after 38 years with the Air Force.

Gen. John Hyten, center, arrives with his wife, Laura Hyten, for the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L. Shelton who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten, center, arrives with his wife, Laura Hyten, for the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L. Shelton who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Gen. William L. Shelton hugs his wife, Linda, as Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force watches during Shelton's retirement ceremony Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.  Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. William L. Shelton hugs his wife, Linda, as Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force watches during Shelton's retirement ceremony Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air  Force, left, shakes Gen. Willam L. Shelton's hand during a retirement ceremony for the retiring Commander of the Air Force Space Command Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, left, shakes Gen. Willam L. Shelton's hand during a retirement ceremony for the retiring Commander of the Air Force Space Command Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Gen. John Hyten, center, takes command from Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, durign the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton, right, who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten, center, takes command from Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, durign the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton, right, who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Gen. John Hyten speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air  Force, speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Gen. John E. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Gen. John E. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Gen. William L. Shelton walks off the stage Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs after giving his retirement speech and turning over the command of Air Force Space Command to General John E. Hyten. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. William L. Shelton walks off the stage Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs after giving his retirement speech and turning over the command of Air Force Space Command to General John E. Hyten. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Outgoing commander Gen. William L. Shelton, left, and incoming commander Gen. John Hyten laugh as they listen to Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, talk during the  Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Outgoing commander Gen. William L. Shelton, left, and incoming commander Gen. John Hyten laugh as they listen to Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, talk during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Gen. John Hyten, center, arrives with his wife, Laura Hyten, for the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L. Shelton who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten, center, arrives with his wife, Laura Hyten, for the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L. Shelton who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. William L. Shelton hugs his wife, Linda, as Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force watches during Shelton's retirement ceremony Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.  Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. William L. Shelton hugs his wife, Linda, as Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force watches during Shelton's retirement ceremony Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air  Force, left, shakes Gen. Willam L. Shelton's hand during a retirement ceremony for the retiring Commander of the Air Force Space Command Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, left, shakes Gen. Willam L. Shelton's hand during a retirement ceremony for the retiring Commander of the Air Force Space Command Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten, center, takes command from Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, durign the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton, right, who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten, center, takes command from Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, durign the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton, right, who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. John Hyten speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air  Force, speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Gen. John E. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. Mark A Welsh, III, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, speaks during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Gen. John E. Hyten took command of the Space Command from Gen. William L.Shelton who retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. William L. Shelton walks off the stage Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs after giving his retirement speech and turning over the command of Air Force Space Command to General John E. Hyten. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Gen. William L. Shelton walks off the stage Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs after giving his retirement speech and turning over the command of Air Force Space Command to General John E. Hyten. Shelton, a 1976 Air Force Academy graduate, retired after 38 years of service. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Outgoing commander Gen. William L. Shelton, left, and incoming commander Gen. John Hyten laugh as they listen to Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, talk during the  Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Outgoing commander Gen. William L. Shelton, left, and incoming commander Gen. John Hyten laugh as they listen to Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, talk during the Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. 2014, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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