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Change of Command Season; Let's 'double down' on our efforts

Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander,  congratulates Lt. Col. Steven Clark, incoming 45th Comptroller Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony June 15, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities from the presiding officials to the upcoming official. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cory Long) (Released)

Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, congratulates Lt. Col. Steven Clark, incoming 45th Comptroller Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony June 15, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities from the presiding officials to the upcoming official. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cory Long) (Released)

Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, presents Lt. Col. Steven Clark, 45th Comptroller Squadron commander, with the 45th CPTS guidon during a change of command ceremony June 15, 201, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities from the presiding officials to the upcoming official. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cory Long) (Released)

Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, presents Lt. Col. Steven Clark, 45th Comptroller Squadron commander, with the 45th CPTS guidon during a change of command ceremony June 15, 201, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities from the presiding officials to the upcoming official. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cory Long) (Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- As I mentioned a couple weeks ago when we discussed the upcoming PCS Season, and how to best manage a potentially stressful situation, be aware that same attention-to-detail mindset holds true as our wing has started the first of several changes of command all around Team Patrick-Cape.

For any Air Force officer, being a commander is the highest honor - and most important job many of us will ever undertake.

It's been my highest honor to date to serve as yours.

Every out-going commander here has my utmost respect and admiration for what they brought - and instilled - in their respective commands.

For those of you wondering who's "coming and going" this summer, this is what we're currently looking at over the next several weeks, starting with the two changes-of-command we celebrated Monday.

WELL DONE,  ALL!

-June 15: 45th MDSS:  Lt. Col. Tommy Franklin turned over command to Lt. Col. William Breedlove.

-June 15: 45th CPTS: Lt. Col. Jason James turned over command to Lt. Col. Steven Clark.

-June 30: 45th CONS: Lt. Col. Tommy Gates turns over command to Lt. Col. Aaron Boyd.

-July 1: 45th RMS: Lt. Col. Mark Shoemaker turns over command to Maj. Elwood Waddell, Jr.

-July 8: Det 2, 45 OG: Maj. Andrew Emslie turns over command to Maj. Timothy Sheehan.

-July 15: 45th CES: Lt. Col. Kyle Brown turns over command to Lt. Col. Jason Glynn.

-July 17: 45th LRS: Maj. Kristen Hipps turns over command to Maj. Jonathon Carter.

-Aug. 4: 45th SW CC: I turn over command to Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith.

As you can see, there is going to be a lot of turnover in a very short span of time, and with that scenario comes the added chance of something possibly slipping through the cracks.

At our recent senior leader meeting earlier this week, I made it clear that we (all of us) have to "double down" on our efforts to make sure that doesn't happen.

So let's work now to integrate our incoming commanders to how we do things here at the 45th Space Wing, and make this "transition time" as smooth as possible.

Let's show them how we can stick to the basics, not allow ourselves to get off target, continue to practice our disciplined and safe process execution, and throw a perfect game at our No. 1 Priority, "100% Mission Success."

Together, we meet any challenge, overcome any obstacle and prepare for any possible problems.

Trying to do this individually, we would not succeed.

There's a reason we call ourselves "TEAM Patrick-Cape!"

And we're the best team I've ever seen.

Stay Focused, Sharks!