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New commander takes reins of 90th Missile Wing, which operates some nuclear forces in Weld County

Commander of the 20th Air Force, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, left, hands the flag over to Col. Stacy J. Huser during the change of command ceremony for the 90th Missile Wing on Friday at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Huser replaced Col. Stephen M. Kravitsky for a two-year assignment.

The passing of the 90th Missile Wing guidon marked the transition to a new commander of the Air Force base here that operates a critical component of the world's most dominant nuclear force.

Col. Stacy Huser assumed command of the "Mighty Ninety" at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base following a change-of-command ceremony Friday. Most recently commander of the 91st Operations Group at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, she takes the reins from Col. Stephen Kravitsky, who assumed command of the 90th Missile Wing in June 2015.

Huser said she tends to evaluate her effectiveness as a commander in terms of whether the people serving under her have what they need to succeed.

"I never measure success in terms of mission. I always measure it in terms of the people," she said. "If I leave after two years, and the people of the Mighty Ninety and our hosted units feel cared for and feel empowered to lead and make changes, then I will feel I was successful."

The Missile Wing operates 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, some of which are based in rural Weld County, as part of the nation's nuclear triad. It changes commanders every two years. Huser now oversees the wing's 4,200 personnel, who provide strategic nuclear deterrence by operating, maintaining, securing and supporting the battle-ready missiles deployed in areas of Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado.

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A new leader

Command of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne was passed from Col. Stephen Kravitsky to Col. Stacy Huser on Friday. Huser now oversees one-third of the nation’s nuclear triad. After more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Kravitsky now plans to retire.