SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Thursday morning, Hunter Army Airfield said goodbye to its garrison commander, Lt. Col. Daniel W. Whitney, after two years with the installation.
Whitney relinquished command to Lt. Col. Jose L. Aguilar at the ceremony.
After the ceremony, the change of Garrison Command was complete at Hunter Army Airfield.
For the last time, Lt. Col Whitney stepped to the podium before his Army, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard service members. As he leaves Hunter Army Airfield, Whitney thanked a host of people, ending with his wife.
"Erin, thank you for all your support and guidance. It began in a dining facility in the Panama Canal zone," he said.
Earlier Thursday, the outgoing garrison commander and his wife were honored for their service. Whitney came to Hunter Army Airfield in June of 2007.
He said he is leaving it in good hands.
"I can think of no better officer to take over the command than Jose Aguilar," Whitney said.
"It is a privilege and an honor to take command of such a great organization," Lt. Col. Jose Aguilar told WTOC.
Lt. Col. Aguilar takes over as garrison commander, leaving the Portland Oregon Army Corps of Engineers as executive director. His three children are still finishing school in Portland while he and his wife Suzanne, prepare for life in Savannah.
"I have three young children and I know this is a family community and we have plenty of things to do and we look forward to that," he said.
Aguilar told WTOC he was taking over command, but changes are not a foregone conclusion at Hunter.
"We are doing a great job here, so I won't be looking to make any changes," Aguilar said.
While Lt. Col. Aguilar introduces himself to his new staff and installation, Lt. Col. Whitney left these final words.
"Take this great team and make it even better," Whitney said.
Lt. Col Daniel Whitney is now headed to take a position with the Pentagon where he will work in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff of the Army for Installation Management.
Friday, May 24 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:57:32 GMT
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