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A new leader for the 910th CS’s next era

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Noah J. Tancer
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Maj. Marc Meyer took command of the 910th Communications Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony, Nov. 6, 2021, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio.

Officiated by Col. Greg Meyer (no relation), commander of the 910th Mission Support Group, the 910th CS guidon (unit flag) was presented to Maj. Marc Meyer, symbolizing the transfer of leadership.

“One of the most important components of warfare has always been communication,” said Col. Greg Meyer. “Throughout history, military communication has been accomplished in diverse, everchanging means. Consider runners, messenger posts, signal fires, flags, drums, trumpets, radios, emails and even homing pigeons had their day. No matter how you did it, the key effect was always the same—relay the commander’s intent, that crucial piece of intelligence, those logistical requirements or battle movements in a safe and secure manner so as to always be ahead of the enemy.”

The assumption of command ceremony is a military tradition deeply rooted in history, dating back to the time of Roman legions. Militaries developed flags unique to the organization with specialized colors and designs. When soldiers followed their leader into battle, they kept sight of the flag. If the banner still waived after the conflict, it was a sign that their side did not taste defeat on the field of battle. Modern assumption of command ceremonies honor history and tradition with a ceremonial passing of the guidon to the new commander.

“Our communications Airmen don’t have to worry about building signal fires or feeding pigeons, but they do share the same responsibilities and concerns as their forebearers,” said Col. Greg Meyer. “Today, they are starting to move away from telephones and IT support to a new mission of cyber defense and protection, security infrastructure, classified and unclassified information and flight operations across the full spectrum. It takes a talented leader to command such a squadron, and we found that person in Maj. Marc Meyer.”

After accepting command of the 910th CS, Maj. Marc Meyer took to the podium to thank his leadership, his new troops and his family for their support, hard work and sacrifice before finishing his speech with these words: “I look forward to the UTA weekends each and every month, and I look forward to coming here and spending time with the cyber beasts and getting the mission done. Thank you.”