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Col. Deja assumes command of the 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

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  • By Staff Sgt. Monet Villacorte
  • 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Col. Deborah Deja took command for the 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony here, May 1, 2021.

Col. James Miller, 433rd Operations Group commander, presided over the ceremony and spoke of his confidence in Deja to further develop the 433rd AES in her new role.

 “Getting Deborah to come and join us is an amazing thing,” said Miller. “She’ll be able to help us through how we transition [and train].”

Miller also highlighted the 433rd AES and their continued support of their mission requirements.

“It’s our greatest commitment because we are getting to serve our own citizens,” said Miller. “The comfort that people get knowing you’re there gives them a little more spirit that you’re going to take care of them.”

During the ceremony, Deja expressed how excited she was to be back in San Antonio while also serving and leading at the 433rd AES.

“I’m so happy to be back home,” said Deja. “This is the flagship of the Aeromedical Evacuation community, in both active, guard, and the Reserve. That is us.”

 “I want to continue to build and improve upon [the 433rd AES] and make it the best that it can possibly be,” Deja continued. “I look forward to serving you all.