There's a new Commanding Officer at the helm of Oxbow's 675 Bow Valley Air Cadet Squadron.
Lieutenant Mark Neuman handed off the title during a ceremony that was held Thursday night in Oxbow to Lieutenant Greg Swallow, who will now take over the role for the next few years.
"It has been a very rewarding experience. It's been profound over the years to watch these young men and women develop into the leaders that they become," shared Neuman. It was his second time as a CO for the group, the first being in 1994 and 1995. This last term was three years.
He expressed that he is optimistic about the future of the squadron.
"We've had a great number of years that have been fantastic, but I still see room for moving ahead. I've got ultimate confidence in the leadership that's coming aboard, and look forward to seeing them maintain the standard that has been here for a long time."
It will be up to Lieutenant Swallow now to keep things going, and he is looking forward to the opportunity.
"I think we're just going to keep doing what we've always done here. There's already something here to drive, so it's just a matter of steering it down the road and keeping it going in the right direction."
"He (Lieutenant Neuman) has allowed me to get comfortable over the last three years, so I don't see it being too big of an issue," he added.
The Change of Command ceremony also saw the presentation of the Premier's Commendation of Achievement award to the squadron for their accomplishments.