by Senior Airman Jette Carr
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
6/3/2013 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Col.
Sean M. Farrell, former senior program analyst at the Pentagon, assumed
command of the 27th Special Operations Group during a change of command
ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 31.
Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presided over
the ceremony in which Col. William West relinquished command of the 27th
SOG to Farrell. West has been re-assigned to Hurlburt Field, Fla.,
where he will become the 1st Special Operations Wing commander.
"This operations group is the tip of the spear -- heavily-tasked,
heavily-deployed and completely committed to taking the fight to the
enemy, while providing precise and reliable specialized airpower to our
joint and combined force," said Elton. "I have known Farrell for a long
time and I am absolutely confident that he is the perfect choice to lead
this diverse and challenging group."
Farrell isn't a stranger to Air Force Special Operations Command.
He commanded the 16th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field from
January 2008 through July 2009. While flying the AC-130H Spectre
gunship, C-130E Hercules, AC-130W Stinger II and the EC130H Compass
Call, he accumulated more than 3,400 flight hours.
Farrell has been awarded several accommodations such as the
Distinguished Flying Cross with "V" Device, the Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters,
the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Aerial Achievement
Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
During the ceremony, Farrell addressed the Air Commandos under his command, informing them of his expectations.
"Leadership is never constant," Farrell said. "Faces change at the top,
but what does not change is the obligation and duty to execute and to be
prepared to undertake the full spectrum of specialized air operations
to support our nation's objectives.
"The operations group combat experience and expertise is at an all-time
high," he explained. "We will need to leverage that experience to field
new weapon systems, modify and improve TTPs [tactics, techniques and
procedures], and plan to meet the next threat over the horizon. This can
only be accomplished with a disciplined, well-trained and
highly-motivated team. That is our mark -- that is your charge."