Sunday, June 5, 2011

Change of Command

Hi Kids!  Just wanted to bring you up to speed on what's going on in the Hickman World.  I'm a little behind on blogging so be patient and I will get everything posted.

The biggest event happened about 10 days ago when Justin assumed command of his old squadron.  How exciting for him to come back to command the squadron he loved so much!  You know, over the years, you see different commanders and you think, "Wow, he/she is really busy.... "  Well, for Justin, so far, it is no different.  He is really, really busy... but loving it!  I could go into great detail about his change of command but I think pictures will tell a better story. 

(For those of you completely unfamiliar with a change of command, it goes something like this:  walk in, national anthems are sung, invocation, introductions, group commander says some nice things, outgoing commander gets medal and says some moving words, he gets last salute from troops in formation, outgoing commander hands guidon (long stick with squadron flags on it) to group commander, he steps away.  New commander comes forward, takes the guidon from group commander.  Voila! Command changed.  New commander says a couple of nice words, gets first salute from troops in formation, everyone sings and claps- which inevitably thows everyone off the tempo of the song because no one can stay on the beat- to the Air Force Song, off to reception!)

Overall, it was a super day.  I met a million new people at the reception and I'm sure I will never learn everyone's name... (not really, it just seems like that at first.)  :)  We want to say a special thank you for the friends who came to support Justin on this momentous day in his life.  Pretty much it feels like we need to hang on because it is going to be an exhilarating ride! 

Peace be with you,
The Hickmans

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Justin...We are all so happy for you! Looking forward to reading about your next adventure!