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Upcoming change of command ceremonies

Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. -- The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition for the U.S. military that dates back to beginning of our country, and has it roots in the armies of ancient Rome.

For the Roman legions, the standard, called the aquila, was very important to the honor of the legion. It was used as a center point during battle so legionnaires knew where to align their formations.

If lost in battle, it was considered a great dishonor and a legion would go to extreme lengths to recover one. After the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, in what is now Germany in 9 A.D., the Roman XVII, XVIII, and XIX legions lost their aquila and spent the next three decades trying to recover them.

When the legions had a change of command the aquila was passed from one commander to the next signifying the transfer of the spirit and loyalty of the legionnaires.

For the U.S. military, the change of command ceremony is used to mark the passage of command from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. This is done in front of a formation of troops to show their symbolic loyalty to the unit flag as well as the new commander that will be in charge of them.

Here at Peterson Air Force Base, we have a number of change of command ceremonies coming up this summer.

May 25 -- 21st Operations Support Squadron

May 30 -- 21st Operations Group

May 31 – 21st Security Forces Squadron

June 1 – 721st Mission Support Group

June 8 -- 12th Space Warning Squadron

June 8 – 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron

June 13 – 13th Space Warning Squadron

June 14 -- 21st Dental Squadron

June 14 – 18th Space Control Squadron

June 16 – 16th Space Control Squadron

June 23 -- 10th Space Warning Squadron

June 26 – 21st Civil Engineer Squadron

June 29 – 821st Air Base Group

July 6 -- 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron

July 11 – 21st Medical Support Squadron

July 13 – 21st Contracting Squadron

TBD – 21st Force Support Squadron

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