Joint Base Charleston will hold a formal change of command ceremony Thursday as Col. John Lamontagne takes over from the departing Col. Darren Hartford.

As the commander of the 437th Airlift Wing, Hartford led a unit that achieved several major milestones, including: flying more than 21,000 sorties, transporting 224,000 tons of war-fighter materials and moving 121,000 passengers, more than any other mobility wing in Air Mobility Command.

Hartford took command of the more than 2,200-member wing in 2012 and will be taking command of the 479th Air Expeditionary Wing in Al Udeid, Qatar.

Lamontagne is coming from Al Udeid where he served a year-long tour as the commander of the 379th Expeditionary Operations Group. He was responsible for overseeing air operations deliveries throughout the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The ceremony takes place on the Air Base at 10 a.m.

- Schuyler Kropf