Dinh takes command of Vance medical squadron

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Leadership of the 71st Medical Operations Squadron changed hands today during a ceremony held at 8 a.m. in the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Vance.

Lt. Col. Tam Dinh assumed command of the 71st MDOS when she accepted the squadron’s guidon from the 71st Medical Group commander, Col. Kirsten Benford, the change-of-command official.

Dinh replaces Lt. Col. Daniel Loveless, who is taking an assignment at the Pentagon.

She comes to Vance from the 48th Medical Support Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

During the ceremony, Senior Airman Christina Kamka sang the national anthem and Chaplain (Capt.) Holly Jones gave the invocation.

The 71st MDOS provides primary medical and mental health care to more than 4,100 people, including 1,200 instructor pilots and students.