Monday, May 22, 2017

Squadron 10 Change of Command

Last week, four of our squadron members went to Palo Alto to attend the change of command ceremony for the Jon E. Kramer Composite Squadron 10:  Maj Steven DeFord, Capt Lou Rivas, Capt Jordan Hayes, and Capt Doug Perreira.

Maj Lam

Maj Elsie Lam assumed the leadership role from outgoing commander, Capt Marc Stephenson.

Squadron 10 is one of nine units within the San Francisco Bay Group 2. The squadron, formed in 1974, was named in honor of Jon Kramer, who died in 1968 during a search and rescue mission.

At the event, Squadron 10 cadets presented the colors. Distinguished guests included Lt Col Brett Dolnick, Group 2 Commander; Lt Col Michael Prusak, CAWG Vice Commander (NorCal); and others.  In thanks for his service, Capt Stephenson was presented with a commemorative plaque. Following the service, there was a celebratory reception with pizza and cake.

Group 2 is grateful to Capt Stephenson for his dedicated service in supporting CAWG and is proud to now welcome Maj Lam into her new leadership role as commander.

Capt Stephenson joined CAP in 2009, and became very active in Cadet Programs and Ground Search and Rescue.  Besides serving as IT officer of Squadron 10, Capt Stephenson achieved the Ground Team Leader rating and served as the squadron’s Deputy Commander for Cadets.

Maj Lam has a long history serving the country, starting as an ROTC cadet and serving now as a senior member. Her record includes being a Gill Robb Wilson Award recipient; being named Pacific Region Safety Officer of the Year; achieving a variety of emergency services ratings, for aircrew, base staff and ground teams; and serving the squadron as Deputy Commander for Seniors.

Maj Lam’s plans for the squadron are “to continue to produce quality and professional volunteers from Group 2 and CAWG in search and rescue to live up to the namesake of our unit. And I am also committed to developing responsible citizens and leaders through our Cadet and Aerospace Education Programs.”

Congratulations, Maj Lam!

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