Tuesday, February 3, 2009

America's Finest

Today was a special day. Our long time friends, Rob and Isabelle and their children, celebrated their Change of Command. For you non-military folks...it's an honor to be chosen to lead a Battalion of courageous Soldiers. We have known Rob and Isabelle for over 20 years. Once upon a time we were all young college students together. Time has changed us and I would say for the better. It has been a privilege to keep company with these special people. There is no doubt that they will make a great team as they work together for the good of their unit. Ron was there to see Rob take the guidon. He would not have missed it.

This photo brings back memories for me. This is the hanger Ron's unit marched into when he arrived home from Iraq (almost 3 years ago) after being gone for over a year. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

Passing The Guidon

Passing The Guidon: An Army unit conducts a change-of-command ceremony whenever a new commander takes charge. The central rite of this ceremony is the passing of the unit guidon from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. By taking the guidon, the new commander signals his selfless commitment to the traditions, values, and soldiers that the guidon represents.

A few words from Rob.

The handsome children...boy, all of you have really grown up!

Rob and Ron--Ron is so proud of his friend.

Beautiful Isabelle who has not changed one bit from our days in college. We are so happy for you. I know you will have challenges ahead. It's not an easy job. We will continue to pray for your sweet family as you lead the troops and their families. They are a blessed unit to have you.

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