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Now the Ceremony: Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton officially took charge of US Strategic Command on Oct. 3, but DOD held the command transfer ceremony at Offutt AFB, Neb., Oct. 17 after Defense Secretary Robert Gates returned from recent travels. Donna Miles reports that Gates said Chilton's "trail-blazing career" would serve well at STRATCOM. Chilton called his new command the "most responsive combatant command in the US arsenal."