South Lakeland Composite Squadron Change of Command Ceremony
Saturday, August 12, 2017
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South Lakeland Composite Squadron's Change of Command Ceremony


By 2nd Lt. James Chamberland Sr., Group 3, Florida Wing
Lakeland, FL--

A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. The passing of colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its members are never without official leadership.

On Thursday, July 27th, 1st Lt Paul Jilbert relinquished the command of the South Lakeland Composite Squadron to the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Steve Schultz during a Change of Command ceremony presided by Group 3 Commander, Major Steve Lampasona.

Lt. Col. Schultz joined CAP as a cadet in 1985 with the Spokane (WA) Composite Squadron, eventually earning CAP's highest cadet achievement, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award in 1998.  Lt. Col. Schultz has continued to serve as a senior member in a number of different roles with the Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, California, Texas & Florida Wings. He is also a former Active Duty & Air Force Reserve officer, primarily serving as a KC-10 aircraft commander. Lt. Col. Schultz' family is also active with the squadron; Major Gloria Ribas-Schultz is the Deputy Commander for Cadets & Health Service Officer. They have two daughters, Miranda & Catherine that actively participate in the cadet program.

The South Lakeland Composite Squadron would like to thank Lt. Jilbert for the number of significant contributions he made to the unit during his tenure, most notably the creation of the squadron website and enhanced electronic communication network. His IT skills did not go un-noticed at the Group & Wing level; Lt. Jilbert has recently accepted the position of Florida Wing's Director of Information Technology.

Congratulations to both Lt. Col. Schultz & Lt. Jilbert.  Semper Vigilans!

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Reviewed by: 2nd Lt. James Chamberland Sr.
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7
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