Leckband Accepts Command of Florida Wing Squadron
Monday, December 12, 2016
SRQ Composite Squadron Change of Command Ceremony. (left to right) Col. Wes Hannah, Jr., Maj. William Hansen, and 1st Lt. Peter Leckband. (Photo by: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)
Sarasota, Fla.--At the SRQ Composite Squadron’s Annual Awards Banquet, 1st Lt. Peter Leckband said, “I accept command,” as command of the squadron formally transferred from outgoing Commander Maj. William Hansen. Southeast Region Vice Commander Col. Wes Hannah, Jr. officiated. Capt. Ann Marie Kozloski will continue as Deputy Commander/Cadets. Hansen had commanded the squadron since 2014.
“We have a great squadron and I look forward to continuing the important work we have been doing,” Leckband said.
Leckband, a member of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) since September 2012, most recently served as the squadron’s Deputy Commander/Seniors. He is a private pilot and has served in the squadron as Administrative Officer, Personnel Officer, and Recruiting and Retention Officer. He joined CAP shortly after moving to Florida from Minneapolis, Minn. He and wife Patty have been a host family for Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 94 members: 61 senior members and 33 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, conducting search and rescue missions, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.
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