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Associated Press, Published July 07 2010

New leader takes over Air Force missile command for North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — A new Air Force general has formally taken command of the 20th Air Force, overseeing the nation's 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.

Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston succeeds Gen. Roger W. Burg, who is retiring.

The change-of-command ceremony took place Thursday at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, headquarters of the 20th Air Force.

The 20th Air Force oversees the 90th Missile Wing at Warren, the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

Alston is a graduate of the Air Force Academy. He was previously assistant chief of staff of the Air Force for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.