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    Bishop assumes command of 131st LRS

    Bishop assumes command of 131st LRS

    Photo By Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott | U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Mike Evans, 131st Mission Support Group commander,...... read more read more



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott 

    131st Bomb Wing

    WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - The 131st Bomb Wing’s Logistics Readiness Squadron welcomed a new commander Saturday during a change of command ceremony here.
    Major Jeff Bishop assumed command from Maj. Rachel Savage, who has led the squadron for the last two years. Lieutenant Colonel Mike Evans 131st Mission Support Group commander was the presiding officer.
    “Today is a bittersweet day for the squadron as we bid farewell to Rachel because she has been absolutely integral to both our state and federal missions,” Evans said. “However, the 131st LRS will be in good hands as we welcome another great leader into the fold.”
    Evans spoke of the solid foundation Savage set in place as the commander and remarked on the vital role the LRS plays in the global mission. He thanked Savage for leading her squadron in excellence, and then turned his attention to Bishop.
    “You come to us with a diverse military background,” Evans said. “You will find new and different challenges in LRS, but I have full confidence that you are the right professional for the job and you will lead our airmen with enthusiasm and energy.”
    Bishop started his military career as an active duty enlisted public affairs specialist before commissioning. He eventually separated from active duty to pursue a civilian career, but found his way to the Missouri Air National Guard in 2013, where he served as chief of the public affairs office and most recently the 131st BW director of staff.
    Bishop thanked Evans for entrusting him with command of the logistics readiness mission, and Savage, for the strong foundation of leadership she built. He then addressed the Airmen now under his command.
    “Let me say how impressed and humbled I am by all that you do,” Bishop said. “Your reputation for excellence precedes you.”
    He added, “Readiness is our middle name. Together, we will ensure that we’re ready for tomorrow’s challenges, and anything that the future would bring,” he said. “I look forward to serving alongside you and leading our mission forward together.”
    More information on the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing can be found at For more information on the Missouri National Guard, visit



    Date Taken: 10.20.2019
    Date Posted: 10.20.2019 16:14
    Story ID: 348353
    Location: WHITEMAN AFB, MO, US

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