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Services, mission support combine to form new Force Support Squadron

124th Mission Support Group Commander Col. Christopher D. Rood (left) retires the mission support flight flag with Lt. Col. Michael R. Knowles as Maj. Donene E. Rognlie looks on. The inactivation of the services flight ceremony was held Jan. 9 at Gowen Field in conjunction with the redesignation of the mission support flight into the new 124th Force Support Squadron, which combines services, personnel and family support. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Walsh)(Released)

124th Mission Support Group Commander Col. Christopher D. Rood (left) retires the mission support flight flag with Lt. Col. Michael R. Knowles as Maj. Donene E. Rognlie looks on. The inactivation of the services flight ceremony was held Jan. 9 at Gowen Field in conjunction with the redesignation of the mission support flight into the new 124th Force Support Squadron, which combines services, personnel and family support. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Walsh)(Released)

GOWEN FIELD, Boise, Idaho -- A ceremony held Jan. 10 here will result in the alignment of three once disparate functions under a new single squadron.

The ceremony marked the inactivation of the 124th Services Flight and the redesignation of the 124th Mission Support Flight into a new 124th Force Support Squadron that absorbs services functions and will provide personnel and family support for the more than 1,400 members of the Idaho Air National Guard.

Lt. Col. Michael R. Knowles relinquished command of the mission support flight and assumed command of the new force support squadron.

"From the time I assumed command of the mission support flight we have acted as a joined support squadron. I am proud of each of you and look forward to the years ahead," said Lt. Col. Knowles.

Maj. Donene E. Rognlie relinquished command of the services flight and is now serving as the operations officer for the newly formed squadron.

"I expect the services squadron to continue to excel with the motto 'doing good things for good people and mission first, people always,'" said Col. Christopher D. Rood, mission support group commander.

The reorganization will streamline processes, increase efficiencies, maximize customer service and cut costs associated with maintaining two separate organizations. The consolidation of these services will further enhance support for Airmen and the Air Force goal of recapitalizing and modernizing the aging fleet.

The new squadron will provide cradle to grave services formerly provided by the mission support flight and services flight. This includes food service, casualty and mortuary services, personnel as well as family support.

The reorganization ensured that all members previously holding positions in the two inactivated units retained positions in the new squadron where they will continue doing good things for good people.

"The most important part of the organization-the people-will remain the same," Col. Rood said.

Mr. John Spurny, family support coordinator, is now aligned under the new FSS, though his roles, services and responsibilities will be unchanged.