Col. Matthew Brooks takes over 5th Bomb Wing in Minot

The Warbirds at Minot Air Force Base have a new boss.

New leadership has officially taken over command of the 5th Bomb Wing in Minot.

Col. Matthew Brooks, who served as the Vice Commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, has taken over command in Minot.

He replaces the outgoing Col. Jason Armagost, who will head to Omaha, Nebraska, to work at the U.S. Strategic Command Center.

Armagost has served in Minot since 2014.

Maj. Gen. Richard Clark conducted the official command change at the base June 3.

All three men spoke of the honor, and the responsibilities that come with the job.

“Across Team Minot, the Commanders, Chiefs, Senior NCO's, NCO's, airmen, and civilian airmen, who get after it every day, thank you,” Armagost said.

“I want to say, there is nothing in the world like command. It's only entrusted to a select few, and today, we entrust command of the 5th Bomb Wing to you,” Clark said to Brooks.

“As the commander, I will provide the guidance, resources, and support our airmen need to accomplish the mission, while fostering an environment that is fueled by integrity, service, and excellence, our core values. And I will do my best to uphold the standard of excellence that is the hallmark of the Warbirds and Team Minot,” Brooks told the airmen.

The Air Force will conduct an official changing of command of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base on June 17.