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Machabee assumes command of 192nd Airlift Squadron

Col. Karl Stark (left), 152nd Airlift Wing Commander passes the flag to Lt. Col. Tony Machabee (right), the new 192nd Airlift Squadron Commander as he assumes responsibility as the newly appointed commander. (USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Paula Macomber, 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs/RELEASED.)

Col. Karl Stark (left), 152nd Airlift Wing Commander passes the flag to Lt. Col. Tony Machabee (right), the new 192nd Airlift Squadron Commander as he assumes responsibility as the newly appointed commander. (USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Paula Macomber, 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs/RELEASED.)

Reno, Nev. -- Lt. Col. Tony Machabee assumed command of the 192nd Airlift Squadron at the Nevada Air National Guard base here in Reno on October 3rd.

The Assumption of Command ceremony was presided over by the 152nd Airlift Wing Commander, Colonel Karl Stark. Distinguished visitors included:  Chief of Staff (Air), Brig. Gen. David Snyder; Director, Joint Staff, Col. Jeffrey Burkett; Director of Staff (Air), Col. Caesar Garduno; Senior Enlisted Leader, Chief Master Sgt. Rick Scurry; and 152nd Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. William Moore.

Chaplain (Capt.) Donny Crandell gave the invocation.  Crandell said, "No matter how hard it gets, keep up the good work. Always do the right thing, and at the right time the leadership will reap a harvest."

"Nothing really changes when someone becomes a commander, you don't get more pay, you just have more responsibility. I've watched Tony perform extremely well and I am confident that he is ready to take it to the next level," said Stark.

The ceremony concluded with Machabee's father, Gary Machabee, pinning the commander insignia on his son's uniform coat.

"My Dad has been an outstanding mentor for me throughout the years. He is one of the reasons I am standing right here now," said Machabee. He also mentioned, "We have a world of uncertainty and one thing we need to realize is that we are a force for good. We need to remember that. The world needs us. When there is conflict or natural disaster, we are there. I know it's going to be a challenge, but it is a very humbling honor and I look forward to working with you all."

The Assumption of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust. When assumption of command was to take place, the unit's flag was passed to the individual assuming the command. This gesture was accomplished in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who held the flag also held the soldier's allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history and continues today.