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July 1, 2014

23rd Medical Group welcomes new commander

MOODY AFB — The 23rd Medical Group welcomed incoming commander Col. Peter G. Breed Monday morning while bidding farewell to outgoing commander Col. Paul R. Gardetto.

Gardetto didn’t just bid farewell to the 23rd Medical Group, he bid farewell to the Air Force as he entered into retirement after 29 years of service.

In his nearly 30 years in the Air Force, Gardetto accomplished many things, but what he says he’ll remember most is the smaller moments: the medical group’s intramural football team winning first place over combat airmen, joking around at the annual awards banquet, Christmas parties, paintball games and, perhaps most of all, the people.

“I’ll never forget the very best squadron commanders, the very best chiefs, senior staff, front office staff that a commander could ever ask for,” said Gardetto.

Gardetto thanked his family, his team, his colleagues and Moody Air Force Base Cmdr. Chad Franks in his farewell remarks, but saved his final thanks for his wife, Kathy.

“Thank you for your unwavering support and the love for me and our three boys that you raised with me so far away so often.”

In accepting command, Breed talked about how excited, honored and humbled he was to lead the 23rd Medical Group, and he revealed that this isn’t his first time as a Flying Tiger.

“I first put on a Flying Tiger Medic badge in 1989. For those of you who remember that, it’s fantastic to be back,” said Breed. “For those of you who weren’t born yet, we have a lot to learn from each other and that’s a good thing.”

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