On October 14, 2019, Cadet Lt. Col. Bailey Lunsford, of Tulsa, Okla., handed over cadet command of Riverside Flight's cadet squadron to Cadet 2d Lt Jeremiah Groves, of Grove, Okla.
"Over the last five years, I have watched Groves grow into an excellent leader," outgoing Cadet Commander Lunsford, said. "I have no doubt he will command the cadet squadron well."
The tradition of the change of command goes back to the time of the Roman Legions, when the passing of the commander's baton occurred in front of the troops, so that they would witness the leader who would take them into battle. In the late 18th century, the Continental Army resumed the tradition in the Unites States. This ceremony was practiced even before the Air Force became a separate branch of the United States military.
According to Air Force Pamphlet (AFP) 34-1202, “The primary purpose of a change of command ceremony is to allow subordinates to witness the formality of command change from one officer to another. The ceremony should be official, formal, brief and conducted with great dignity.”
The AFP also stresses the importance of the flag or guidon exchange as follows: “The flag/guidon is exchanged during the change of command as a symbolic gesture providing a tangible view of the command authority being transferred from one commander to the next.”
“I am looking forward to this next chapter for not only myself but for my unit,” said Cadet 2nd Lt. Jeremiah Groves, the incoming cadet commander. “There are a lot of passionate cadet noncommissioned officers in this unit and a lot of cadet airmen eager to continue learning.”
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Riverside Flight meets Monday’s from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Tulsa Tech’s Riverside Campus.
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