DOVER — Col. Gregory P. Haynes assumed command of the 512th Airlift Wing Saturday. He succeeds Col. Craig C. Peters, who left in April to take command of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts.

The change of command was marked by a ceremony in a hangar at Dover Air Force Base with hundreds in attendance.

“It’s been my experience that if you treat people with dignity and respect, you can’t go wrong,” Col. Haynes said in a statement.

“Be that leader. Be that mentor. Make sure the Airmen have the physical, mental and spiritual support they need, and they’ll take care of the mission.

“And, my charge is to take care of all of you.”

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, commander of the 4th Air Force at March Air Reserve Base in California, praised Col. Haynes as a top-notch leader who inspires respect among airmen.

He marked the formal passing of responsibility by handing the 512th Airlift Wing’s organizational flag to the new commander.

A command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours, Col. Haynes most recently served as the commander of the 433rd Operations Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

There, he directed the operations and activities of the group and its six assigned subordinate units and also led the Formal Training Unit for all C-5M aircrew training.

The 512th Airlift Wing, also known as the Liberty Wing, is an Air Force Reserve Command associate wing comprised of 1,650 reserve citizen airmen.

Formed in 1949, the 512th has been stationed in Dover since 1973.