Group 3 Commander, Maj
Steve Lampasona, presided over an impressive Change of Command (“COC”) ceremony
at the Pinellas Senior Squardon, FL 182, Civil Air Patrol (“CAP”), on February
1, 2017. Maj Adrian Cuarta, who has
been the squadron commander for 3 years, and who has served in various roles for
10 years, turned over the reins to Lt Ron Klemm.
Cuarta is moving to Florida Wing (“FLWG”) to serve as the Director of
Professional Development. As Director, he will be responsible for managing
and directing all functions related to the implementation of the CAP
Professional Development Program in subordinate units. Additionally, the
Director’s role will be to create a positive unit training environment, where
CAP’s seniors can develop their required skills in a comfortable and
Serving as the flag
bearer was Lt Klemm’s son, Sean, who is a cadet in FL 066, St. Petersburg Cadet
Squadron, the cadet squadron that shares the same building with FL 182. The new Commander has also served as the liaison
to FL 066, coordinating functions between the seniors and cadets.
The COC began with the
invocation, conducted by Lt Col Larry McConnell, followed by the Pledge of
Allegiance. Then the ceremony began, in
accordance with CAP protocols.
Along with 25 seniors
from FL 182 in attendance, there were other squadron commanders from Group 3, including,
Lt Ronalee Klase (St Petersburg Cadet), Maj Sam Chiodo (Hillsborough One Senior),
and Maj Joe Mora (MacDill Cadet).
Following the COC
ceremony, Maj Cuarta gave some parting remarks, thanking everyone for their
hard work and service as “volunteers to our great nation.” He received a well deserved ovation.
Lt Klemm then took over
the podium, and gave opening remarks. He praised Cuarta for his “dedication,
hard work, service to CAP, and mentorship to me, preparing me for this
The remarks were
followed by a promotion, with SM Ben Brooks reading the order, and Klemm
presenting Lt Keith Lukat, with his 1st Lt epaulets.
Lukat is FL 182’s Emergency Services Officer.
A social hour concluded
the COC, with food and refreshments provided by the newly minted Commander, Lt