QUICK LINKS

Red Empire changes command

U.S. Army Col. Patrick Colloton, incoming commander, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), addresses the audience during a Florida thunderstorm at a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Col. Patrick Colloton, incoming commander, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), addresses the audience during a Florida thunderstorm at a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Col. Patrick Colloton, incoming commander, accepts command of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Brig. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick,commanding general 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) as CSM Mark Thibeau and Col. Michael Ball, outgoing commander look on during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. The passing of the Group’s colors marks the change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Col. Patrick Colloton, incoming commander, accepts command of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Brig. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick,commanding general 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) as CSM Mark Thibeau and Col. Michael Ball, outgoing commander look on during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. The passing of the Group’s colors marks the change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Mark Thibeau, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the Group colors to Col. Michael Ball, the outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. The passing of the Group’s colors marks the change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Mark Thibeau, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the Group colors to Col. Michael Ball, the outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. The passing of the Group’s colors marks the change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Special Forces leadership return to their seats after the passing of the Group colors during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. The passing of the Group’s colors marks the change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Special Forces leadership return to their seats after the passing of the Group colors during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. The passing of the Group’s colors marks the change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Col. Michael Ball, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) outgoing commander, salutes during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Col. Michael Ball, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) outgoing commander, salutes during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) salute during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) salute during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Green Berets from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) stand at attention during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1 st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Green Berets from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) stand at attention during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1 st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick, commanding general 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) addresses the audience during a Florida thunderstorm at a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick, commanding general 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) addresses the audience during a Florida thunderstorm at a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

The daughter of Col. Michael Ball, proudly tells the audience that’s “her Daddy” during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

The daughter of Col. Michael Ball, proudly tells the audience that’s “her Daddy” during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) present the colors during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony U.S. Army Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 10

Soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) present the colors during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the ceremony U.S. Army Col. Michael Ball relinquished command of the 7th SFG(A) to Col. Patrick Colloton. Colloton previously served as the 7th SFG(A) 1st Battalion commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)