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Change of Command Ceremony held at Stratton Air National Guard Base

July 31, 2019 07:11 PM

An official Change of Command Ceremony was held Wednesday at Stratton Air National Guard Base. Outgoing Lieutenant Commander Aron Sacchetti is moving on and Lieutenant John Sandefur has taken over as Commander of the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team with the Army National Guard.

The team is responsible for providing support at major events that may be targets for attacks. 

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"The team is highly specialized in what they do. Soldiers undergo so much training to carry the skill sets that they do. Much, much more than any soldier or airman in normal positions. Being selected as commander of such a highly specialized unit is just an honor. It's certainly probably the highlight of my career," said Lt. Colonel Sandefur.

Sacchetti has been commander of the unit since 2016. He is moving on to become a staff officer at Joint Force Headquarters in New York.

"The transition is emotional. it's been a phenomenal time here. The team is very small, close knit, and so it's bittersweet to leave," said Lt. Colonel Sacchetti.

The Change of Command Ceremony dates back to times when a military unit's flag was used to mark their position in the line of battle. The colors were always near the commander. 

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Jacquie Slater

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