David Hill, junior, swears into his new position. Hill was promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. (Kortney Huggins)
David Hill, junior, swears into his new position. Hill was promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel.

Kortney Huggins

Cadets change command

Air Force JROTC unit holds Change of Command Ceremony to honor and promote students

April 26, 2019

Being in the Air Force JROTC program at Ola comes with pride, honor and integrity. And it’s just those things that were recognized at the eleventh annual Change of Command ceremony.

Going back ten years, the program has seen many leaders come through the doors.

“I opened up the program in 2010 and been here ever since… The change of command came about by allowing to have formal ceremonies where troops, or airmen, see who the old commander is and who the new commander is,” Senior Master Sergeant Torrance McGee said.

The Change of Command is held annually and recognizes current leaders who will pass down their positions to new leaders. The goal of changing commanders is to make the program continue to strive for excellence.

I tell the cadets to make the program better than what it was when they took it over”

— McGee

“The roles of the new leadership is to take over the responsibilities from the previous ones… Students are chosen based on how they carried themselves the previous year. As far as maintaining the Air Force values… maintaining the Honor Code… and just being good at what they do,” McGee said.

The Cadet Corps Commander is responsible for overseeing the entire Air Force JROTC program. While the commander may face many hardships, there is also many enjoyable things that come along with it; like friendships, memories, and skills that can be used later in life.

“My favorite thing about being a leader this year is the socials. I’ve created socials like the pancake social, or the Easter egg hunt, we had a fall festival. I love doing things by holidays so we’ve had fun with that,” Angelica Zac-Williams, former Cadet Lieutenant Colonel said.

Passing down a leadership role can be intimidating to the upcoming leaders, but they will have the seniors around for just a little bit longer to help them transition into their new positions.

“My advice to the leaders next year is just to have fun. Take advantage of all the opportunities they will have next year and to just make it their own,” Zac-Williams said.

David Hill, junior, will assume the position of Cadet Corps Commander and has big plans for the upcoming school year. He hopes to see the program flourish and wants to strive to be a valuable leader.

I’m just mostly excited about being able to change the cadet corps… I’m excited to see the things I can improve in the cadet corps”

— Hill

“I think there will be a lot more community service, because we kind of slacked off on that this year. And also reveille and retreat, which is taking down the flag and putting it up… and discipline as well as academics,” David Hill, current Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, said.

Cadets will look up to these new leaders with high hopes for the program and seeing their new leaders succeed.

“The people in the leadership positions right now are doing really good, I just hope that they [new leaders] keep it as it is now and build off of that,” Morgan Bixler, Cadet Master Sergeant, said.

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