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Aircraft Maintenance Squadron gets new commander

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  • By Master Sgt. Matt Schwartz
  • 193rd Special Operations Wing

During an assumption of command ceremony here May 15, Lt. Col. Seth Cassell took command of the 193rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Cassell is preceded by Lt. Col. Marvin Laing, who now serves as the 193rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron commander.

Cassell has served within maintenance while enlisted as well as being a pilot and director of operations during his career in the wing. He has deployed various times throughout his career.

During his speech, Cassell praised the diversity of the Airmen in the squadron he now gets to command. 

“The men and women of our team are school teachers, nurses, college students, natural gas workers, active guard and reserve forces all united in our mission of providing safe, mission-ready aircraft to protect our nation and Commonwealth,” said Cassell. “We find strength in our diversity as we look to innovate and grow multi-capable Airmen ready to meet future challenges.”

A commander of the SOAMXS, Cassell is responsible for leading more than 50 officers and enlisted members as they oversee daily maintenance, identifying malfunctions and replacing parts, conducting inspections and maintaining records, and coordinating aircraft care on EC-130 J Hercules aircraft.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead and serve this top-notch organization,” Cassell concluded.