A time honored tradition was carried out on Tyndall Air Force Base Friday. The 325th Air Control Squadron welcomed a new commander in Lieutenant Colonel Gary T. Smith.
In a ceremony at hanger five the squadron's flag, also known as a guidon, passed from the outgoing commander Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Grazulis to the new commander.
The 325th Air Control squadron trains air force officers in command and control mission execution as air battle managers.
With a back drop of the American flag, both Lieutenant Colonels thanked mentors and friends for their career successes. The new commanders said they would not be where they are without support from their family.
"I've got an amazing family," said new 325th Air Control Commander Gary Smith. "And I've got an amazing cadre of instructors that I get to work with on a daily basis."
Another change of command was held on Tyndall Air Force Base Friday. The 325th civil engineer squadron also welcomed a new commander.
Outgoing commander Lieutenant Colonel Douglas W. Gilpin is passing his command to Lieutenant Colonel Brian Stumpee.
Responsibilities of the squadron include fire protection services, base readiness, explosive ordinance disposal and environmental programs.
Brian Stumpee is relocating his family from a tour in Germany and takes command of the squadron for the next two years.
Like the new commander of the 325th air control squadron Colonel Stumpee thanks his wife and kids for his continued success
"I think it's very important, its vital," said Colonel Stumpee. "Like I said in the speech I eluded to the fact that nobody in uniform gets to where they are without their family and friends. They are your foundation and your rock so you wont go very far without your family."
Both commanders relinquishing command were awarded the meritorious service medal for their accomplishments while serving at Tyndall. Both incoming commanders take over immediately and will serve in their positions for the next two years.