TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (NNS) -- Commander, Strategic Communications Wing One and Commander, Task Force 124 conducted a change of command ceremony Aug. 27.
Capt. Tim Pedersen relieved Capt. Dwight D. Shepherd as SCW 1 and CTF 124.
Pedersen takes the helm after spending the last 18 months as the SCW 1 and CTF 124 deputy commander. He now presides over the overall operations of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons (VQ) 3, 4 and 7.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Vice Adm. Anthony L. Winns, naval inspector general.
"Changes of command are both sad and happy traditions," said Winns. "Sad because we have to say goodbye to one of our shipmates but on the other hand, happy because we can take a few minutes to reflect on the superb acomplishments of that shipmate and welcome the incoming commander."
Winns went on to speak of the excellent safety record under Shepherd's leadership.
"Safety has been paramount during your tour. You have continued CTF 124's record of unequaled excellence. Squadrons with SCW 1 reached a significant aviation safety milestone by surpassing 598,469 mishap free hours over the last 32 years," said Winns. "I've been in the Navy for 32 years and that is impressive."
Winns then welcome Pedersen as the new wing commander.
"Although we are saying goodbye to a fine naval aviator and leader we are fortunate to have another waiting in the wing. Capt. Tim Pedersen comes with impecable credentials. For the past 18 months Capt. Pedersen has been a steady, focused, deputy wing commander who has superbly executed the wing's mission to perfection."
As the new commodore, Pedersen promised combat readiness and promised to continue Shepherd's legacy.
"Capt. Shepherd has many sterling qualities but I contend his finest moments were when he demanded the best for his Sailors," said Pedersen. "My promise to you sir [Shepherd] is that your legacy will continue in this Task Force, we will always look out for the Sailor."
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