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(Enlarge) Incoming Commandant Col. Jeremy M. Martin receives the Defense Information School colors from Melvin W. Russell, acting director of the Defense Media Activity, during a change of command ceremony Dec. 21. Col. Gary L. Keck relinquished command of DINFOS after serving as commandant from June 2009 to December 2011. (Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Justin D. Pyle)

Col. Gary L. Keck relinquished command of the Defense Information School to Col. Jeremy M. Martin on Dec. 21 as students, faculty and family members witnessed the occasion.

Martin most recently served as the senior military assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

"I have been thoroughly impressed by the strong leadership you have here at DINFOS," Martin said to Keck in his remarks shortly after taking command. "And I salute you for fostering such an awesome command climate."

Immediately following the change of command ceremony, Keck retired after 33 years of service. He plans to move to Utah and spend time with his family.

DINFOS, the Department of Defense's premier center for public affairs and visual information training, is responsible for training members from all branches of the U.S. military, DoD civilians and international military personnel in public affairs, print journalism, photojournalism, photography, television and radio broadcasting, lithography, equipment maintenance and various forms of media.

Keck served as commandant from June 2009 to December 2011. During his tenure, he initiated the school's ability to support an increased student load by approving an expansion of the facility by more than 80,000 square feet. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Keck also created a new course for international students. The Public Affairs Course for International Students is scheduled to have its first class in January.

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