JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD -- During an early morning ceremony on McChord Field Aug. 19, Col. Patrick O'Sullivan assumed two new roles -- taking command of the 627th Air Base Group as well as the position of deputy garrison commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Prior to coming to JBLM, O'Sullivan was the director of operations, 618th Air Operations Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

As the commander of the 627th ABG, O'Sullivan is responsible for more than 800 Airmen in five squadrons and other offices to execute installation support at JBLM and to provide expeditionary combat support to military operations worldwide.

As the JBLM deputy garrison commander, he and the garrison commander are responsible for the military and civilian organizations that support installation management, facility maintenance, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, communications, security and law enforcement, and more across the base.

During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. John Gordy II, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, said he has no doubt O'Sullivan will exceed all expectations.

"His mission focus and heartfelt care for Airmen and their families makes him the right fit for this air base group," Gordy said. "The days will be long and the challenges many, but I know you're up to the task."

Addressing the leaders of the 62nd Airlift Wing, O'Sullivan said he looked forward to supporting the teams here as combat power is projected around the globe.

As O'Sullivan ended his remarks, he spoke directly to the Airmen of the 627th ABG.

"We must never fail in our mission to support, sustain, protect and project dominant joint air and land combat power at any time, to anywhere around the globe, because we are war fighters supporting warfighters on America's premier joint base," he said.