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58th Fighter Squadron welcomes new commander

Change of command

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Easton, 58th Fighter Squadron commander, gives his daughter flowers, during a change of command ceremony, June 18, 2021 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Easton gave all three of his daughters a bouquet of flowers to recognize and include them in the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

Change of command

U.S. Air Force Col. Byron Pompa, 33rd Operations Group commander, and Lt. Col. John Easton, 58th Fighter Squadron commander, stand during change of command ceremony, June 18, 2021 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. During this change of command, Lt. Col. John Easton took command of the 58th Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. David Cochran. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

Change of command

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Easton, 58th Fighter Squadron commander, salutes Col. Byron Pompa, 33rd Operations Group commander, after assuming command, June 18, 2021 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The change of command is a military tradition, representing a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

Change of command

U.S. Air Force Team Eglin Honor Guard presents the colors while John Winkler, 33rd Fighter Wing liaison integration officer, plays the national anthem on his violin during a change of command ceremony, June 18, 2021 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Change of command ceremonies include a presentation of the colors, remarks by each member of the official party, passing of the guidon, and singing of the Air Force song. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLa. --

The 58th Fighter Squadron welcomed their new commander during a change of command ceremony, June 18, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. 

Lt. Col. John Easton assumed command from Lt. Col. David Cochran before the presiding officer, Col. Byron Pompa, 33rd Operations Group commander.

“You should all know that Lt. Col. “Mach'' Cochran leads from the front,” said Pompa. “It is easy to see that you have built an unbelievably strong team with incredible morale and high unit cohesion despite the challenges placed upon you.”

Cochran will continue his service in the Air Force with officer developmental education at the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia.

Easton, the incoming commander, is a command pilot with over 2,000 flight hours. He has served on multiple combat tours and flown or deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Odyssey Dawn, Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support. Easton previously served as the 58th FS director of operations.

“I recently heard the advice to do what you love and call it work,” said Easton. “There is no doubt that I love what we do together and doing it with you all is really awesome. It's the thing that I love, and I'm lucky we get to call it work. I look forward to the next two years.”

As the commander, Easton is tasked with executing six formal syllabi and ensuring the readiness of 60 combat-ready pilots trained in all aspects of the F-35A Lightning II employment.