U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Massaro (left), commander of the 495th Fighter Group, passes the unit guidon at the activation ceremony of the 53rd Fighter Squadron at the D.C. Air National Guard 113th Wing auditorium, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Dec. 10th, 2021. The 53rd, a historic unit with roots in World War Two, was reactivated as a partner unit to the 113th as part of the U.S. Air Force Total Force Initiative, which pairs active duty personnel with National Guard counterparts for training and operations. As of the activation, 51 active duty airmen were assigned to the 53rd. Air Force Lt. Col. James Wentzel (right) assumed command of the unit in the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Enriquez)
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