Arlington Composite Squadron Holds Change of Command Ceremony

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The Civil Air Patrol National Capital Wing’s Arlington Composite Squadron held its Change of Command and Awards Ceremony, Wednesday night, October 28, 2015 at the Arlington Career Center in Arlington, Virginia. With leaders from Middle East Region, National Capital Wing and Squadron Senior Members, Cadets and family members in attendance, National Capital Wing Commander, Colonel Bruce Heinlein, officiated over the passing of the squadron colors from Lieutenant Colonel David Sterling to Captain Aaron Newman. Colonel Heinlein praised the efforts of the squadron senior members and cadets under Colonel Sterling’s exceptional and dedicated leadership and service. The wing commander presented the outgoing commander with an award for his exceptional service to his squadron, the wing, the local community and Civil Air Patrol. Colonel Heinlein spoke of Colonel Sterling’s tenure as one of great achievement as Arlington Composite Squadron reached new levels of excellence in recruiting, retention and qualification of Senior Members with a very robust number of Mission Pilots. The squadron’s performance in developing cadets was also noted as exceptional by the NATCAP Wing Commander. Colonel Sterling thanked the squadron members, the wing and region leaders for their support and promised to work hard for the wing and CAP in his new jobs as Assistant Wing Operations Officer and the CAP National HQ Pentagon Liaison. Incoming commander, Captain Newman was praised for his outstanding service on the Middle East Region Staff and given an award by Colonel John Knowles, Region Commander. Captain Newman promised he would do his best to serve the squadron, wing, region, CAP and the community with the same level of excellence as Colonel Sterling. Squadron senior members and cadets received awards and recognition for their recent achievements by the region, wing and squadron leaders. Master of Ceremonies, Lieutenant Colonel Gene Cartier, was assisted by the cadets of the squadron in organizing an outstanding event which included the unit color guard posting the colors, several promotions, the singing of the Air Force song and refreshments for all. Story submitted by Lt Col Bill Eliason, Arlington Composite Squadron Public Affairs Officer. Please see below for photographs from the event.