Cadet Change of Command – 08 AUG 17

Starbase cadet Change of Command ceremony.

Starbase holds cadet change of command ceremony

The cadet change of command is a time honored ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed to the incoming commander. It is one of the most formal ceremonies conducted. The cadet change of command signifies the end of one era and the beginning of the next. More often than not, it signals a new beginning, a renewal in progress of events and achievements of the organization.

Starbase cadet Change of Command ceremony.
Starbase cadet Change of Command ceremony.
Starbase cadet Change of Command ceremony.

“A cadet change of command ceremony is steeped in tradition,” said Major Richard Callaway, Deputy Commander of Cadets. “It's purpose is to formerly mark the end of one command and the beginning of another.  This gives squadron members an opportunity to be a part of the unit's history.”

The squadron First Sergeant will pass the unit flag to the outgoing cadet commander, Cadet Captain Joshua Sutherland (17) (pictured in the header image, left).  Sutherland will then give the flag to Callaway, relinquishing his command.  Callaway will pass the flag to Cadet First Lieutenant Brandon Lunsford (19), and with it the command of the cadet squadron.

"I joined CAP as a cadet in 1989, at the age of fourteen," said Callaway, now 42. "I have experienced a lot over the years, and I can honestly say that this program builds cadets into young men and women of strong character, with the mental fortitude and leadership abilities to excel in their adult professional lives."

Major Richard Callaway, passing command to incoming Cadet Commander Cadet First Lieutenant Brandon Lunsford (Source: 2nd Lt Brandon Lunsford Sr., CAP)

Incoming Cadet Commander, Cadet First Lieutenant Brandon Lunsford (19) (Source: 2d Lt Brandon Lunsford Sr., CAP)

From the Cadet Commander:

"Last night marked one of the biggest accomplishments I've made to date. I was appointed the Cadet Commander over Starbase Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol.

CAP has been a major shaping factor in my life. Everything pictured here is representative of something that has changed my life through CAP.

The new cadet guide was autoshipped to me three years ago when I joined CAP. I had my ups and downs on a few occasions and even quit a couple times due to situations out of my control. However, because of some people I now consider brothers, I was convinced to stick through it.

The OKWG patch represents the wing that I am part of. I have been to several wing events and those events are a major part of why I'm still in CAP. The cadet opportunities we have are unbelievable.

The red and black cord represents ADAPT (Athletic Development and Physical Training), a program I started last year that resulted in 33 cadets achieving the presidential fitness award requirements. Additionally, 5 other cadets have earned this cord. This cord denotes the ADAPT Physical Excellence Award, which requires 60 pushups, 60 sit-ups, 6 pull-ups, and a 6:00 mile.

The Chief Master Sergeant insignia imprinted with the diamond of the First Sergeant represents my time serving as our Squadron's First Shirt. I learned so much about leadership during those 8 months. As much of an impact that I may have made on my cadets during that time, I am confident that they have had an even greater impact on me.

The challenge coin from National Flight Academy is representative of my time spent there this last June. Over the course of 9 days I had nearly 12 hours of flight time, over 20 hours of ground school, and made many new friends. The week culminated with me flying a Cessna 172 by myself, earning me my solo wings. This is when I realized my love for the sky.

The epaulet bearing the pips of a Cadet First Lieutenant is symbolic of my time and progress thus far in the Cadet Program's Cadet Achievements. I have learned much about aerospace, leadership, and what it means to be a cadet. I've only just passed the halfway mark, I am not done yet. You will see a Cadet Colonel out of me!

Lastly the wheel cover. This is representative of my Squadron's Youth On Guard program. A program where I've learned the true meaning of sacrifice and what it takes to have the freedom we so enjoy.

These are the things that have shaped my cadet career. I have a little over a year left as a cadet, and if I can touch and shape my cadets experience with CAP to be half as good as mine has been, I know I will have been successful.

Veni, Vidi, Vici"

Civil Air Patrol's Three Primary Missions

Aerospace Education
Presenting courses and learning opportunities to both our membership and our communities, the Aerospace Education program offers the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of aerospace. From the past to the future, physics to psychology, terrestrial to extraterrestrial, we explore the rich variety of knowledge and disciplines that drive the aerospace industry.

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Emergency Services
There are several Emergency Services areas that the Civil Air Patrol covers. The principal categories include Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Services, and Air Force Support. Others, such as Homeland Security and Counter-drug Operations, are becoming increasingly important.

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Cadet Programs
The cadet program is designed to provide youth ages 12-20 training in followership, leadership, aerospace education, communication, and emergency services. Cadets receive training in these areas at their weekly squadron meetings as well as participating in local and wing level activities that occur throughout the year.

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Starbase Composite Squadron’s meetings
Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00pm (1800 – 2100).
We meet at the
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(4220 Mingo Valley Access Rd, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74116).

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The youth who train to serve on the Youth on Guard team learn, through striving for perfection, about duty, honor, and respect. This shapes each one to be an individual whose character and actions are fashioned to reflect the honor that the unknowns deserve.