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The 439th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron (AEAS) celebrated a Change of Command ceremony at the Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) base conference center Mar. 3, 2010, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Afghanistan: Command in Combat

Posted 3/4/2010   Updated 6/18/2010 Email story   Print story

    


by MC1(AW) Elizabeth Burke
438th AEW PA


3/4/2010 - KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- The 439th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron (AEAS) celebrated a Change of Command ceremony at the Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) base conference center Mar. 3, 2010, in Kabul, Afghanistan. As part of the Combined Air Power Transition Force/438th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) the 439th AEAS provides mission support.

"There are few occasions more special than taking command and in this case taking command in combat. The command here entails many different challenges than a squadron command in the United States," said Colonel Bradley Grambo, Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group (AEAG) to the 75 American and Afghan guests.

The Mission Support charter is to provide civil engineering, communications, logistics, security forces and services mentoring to the Air Corps. Colonel Jeffrey A. Meyer took command of the 439th AEAS on Nov. 25, 2009. Colonel Meyer was promoted to the rank of Colonel while deployed on Jan.1, 2010. "Serving here in Afghanistan with Colonel Zalmai and his staff has been an immense honor. My service here has been one of the most satisfying times in my career. Knowing that our work together is making an immediate impact on the stability and security of Afghanistan inspired and motivated me. To my family back in England, your love and support has sustained me. You would be grateful to know that your own sacrifice is recognized and appreciated by the people we support," said Colonel Meyer.

After Colonel Meyer's speech, the transfer of the unit guidon flag to the new commander took place. This time-honored tradition, which originated with the Continental Army of the United States, affords subordinates total visibility over the formal transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one officer to another. At this point, Lt. Col. Samuel Lightfoot, Jr., became the newest commander of the 439th AEAS.

Before receiving his first salute from the squadron, Lt. Col. Lightfoot said, "I joined the United States Air Force with the dream of leading men and women on missions that were vital to the United States. The command of this squadron fulfills that dream and more. The mission of advising the Afghans and helping them establish a more stable Afghanistan capable of deterring and defeating terrorism is the single most important mission of my Air Force career. Our accomplishments will do more for Afghanistan than a single victory in battle. What we achieve will enable the Afghans to achieve victory in countless battles in the years to come." Lt. Col. Lightfoot will lead the 439th AEAS in providing world-class support to Afghanistan's Air Corps, where together they will develop the region's most modern and effective Air Corps.



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