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06/05/07

Change of Command at Hunter Army Airfield

Lt. Col. Carl Coffman Jr. handed over command of the garrison to Lt. Col. Daniel Whitney Lt. Col. Carl Coffman Jr. handed over command of the garrison to Lt. Col. Daniel Whitney
Lt. Col. Daniel Whitney Lt. Col. Daniel Whitney

There was a change of command at Hunter Army Airfield. Lt. Col. Carl Coffman Jr. handed over command of the garrison to Lt. Col. Daniel Whitney.

Dozens of soldiers their families and other distinguished guests were on hand for the change of command ceremony at Hunter Army Airfield Parade field.

"It means a lot because there's a lot of history in the change of colors," said Alpha company CW3 Melvin Vega Velez.

Spectators sat under tents and watched as outgoing garrison commander Lieutenant Colonel Carl Coffman Jr. stood alongside Reviewing Officer Colonel Todd Buchs and Incoming Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Whitney. First, flowers were given to Coffman's wife, to show appreciation for a job well done and then to Whitney's wife for appreciation of a new leader with a lot of expectations.

And then with the passing of the colors, the change in leadership was complete. Lt. Col. Whitney is eager to get started.

"It means I get to continue taking care of soldiers and families and continue my odyssey of doing that," said Lt. Col. Whitney.

For Lt. Col. Coffman, the ceremony was bitter sweet.

"As you change command and you relinquish the flag stick, you really don't want to let it go. But as you pass it on you understand that the new commander is charged with duties of commanding this garrison and the soldiers have now shifted their loyalty to that individual," said Lt. Col. Coffman.

Duties & responsibilities Lt. Col. Whitney said he's ready for.

"I look forward to taking care of all of those families of those deployed and at the garrison," said Lt. Col. Whitney.

After the change of command ceremony, some came over to the Hunter Club to usher in new Lt. Col. Whitney.

And by the show of support, the soldiers, their families and the community are embracing his arrival.

Colonel Carl Coffman Jr's next stop will be at the Pentagon. He will serve as the military liaison for the assistant secretary of the army for installations and environment.

Reported by: David Hall, dhall@wtoc.com

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