On August 3rd, 2015, the Omaha Composite Squadron held the Cadet Change of Command Ceremony. The outgoing Cadet Commander, C/Col. Christopher Pineda relinquished his Command by handing over the squadron flag to the Squadron Commander, Maj. David Lewis, and C/1stLt Ethan Copple assumed Command by accepting the flag from Maj. Lewis.
Great symbolism is attached to the ceremonial aspects of a change of command. The Change of Command Ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding or flag officer to another.
The passing of colors, standards, or ensigns from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its soldiers is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and also signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit’s commander.
All cadet staff positions were selected by the Squadron selection board, composed of Senior and Cadet members, following a rigorous selection process which included a mandatory submission of CAP resumé, and cover letter by each one of the applicants. Each cadet earns points for commitment, participation, leadership, Community Service, and attendance at activities held outside of the normal weekly meetings.
Following the change of Command ceremony, all other Cadet Staff positions were announced to the rest of the squadron and visiting guests and family members. The new Cadet Commander proceeded to hold the Monthly Promotion Ceremony for all cadets who have earned new ranks during the previous two months.
Maj. David Lewis also presented several First Flight Certificates for cadets who have participated in their first Orientation Flights during the past month, and announced the Cadet of the Month for the previous month.
C/MSgt. Garret is presented with the Cadet of the Month Award.
Following a short Safety Briefing, all those present were invited to celebrate the occasion by partaking in Cake and soft drinks.
The Omaha Composite Squadron would like to thank the outgoing Cadet Commander for his dedication, leadership, and commitment to all aspects of cadet life, and for helping make the squadron a nationally recognized quality cadet squadron. We also look forward to the continued success of the new Cadet Staff, in order to attract more members and make our squadron the standard for others to look up to.
Congratulations to all!
For Additional photos of today’s ceremony, click the album below:
|August 2015 – Cadet Change of Command Ceremonies|