New LRS commander makes history

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released)

The ceremony was scheduled for 1pm Sunday. The minute we walked through the door we were greeted by two Airmen who instructed us to sit at least five rows back. This was the first time I had ever been instructed to do so – why would that be, I wondered?

A few more steps into the Logistics Readiness Squadron warehouse, and we were greeted by Maj. Christina Hastings herself. With a smile spread across her face, she expressed her appreciation for our attendance, thanking us for coming. This was also the first time I’d ever been thanked for attending a ceremony before the ceremony even got started!

As we took our seats and the ceremony began, I started to understand why this Change of Command ceremony was so different from others I’ve witnessed.

Maj. Hastings was accepting command of the 115th Logistics Readiness Squadron from Lt. Col. Green. Her friends and family filled the first five rows – it now made sense as to why we were instructed not to sit there. I know I’ve only been in the unit for a few years, but seeing that many people outside the organization, attending to show support for her latest accomplishment, was beyond impressive.

Col. Philpot’s speech sent the audience into a roar of laughter as he pulled out a toolbox filled with gifts to “help Maj. Hastings with her new role.”

Lt. Col. Green and Maj. Hastings’ speeches were also impressive. They both addressed the LRS Airmen – stating their pride in the group’s accomplishments thus far, and their excitement for what’s to come.

Not only is this group gaining an impressive leader, respected by many – they are gaining the first female 115 LRS commander in the history of the wing!

Congratulations, Maj. Hastings! You’re already making history – I can’t wait to see what else you accomplish with this great group of Airmen!

(Photos by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released)

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released) (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released) (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released)

About Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode

Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode is a photojournalist for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin.