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Port Dawgs at the 76th get new commander

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  • By Senior Airman Chris Corso
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Maj. Robert Lytle assumed command of the 76th Aerial Port Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony held in the APS facility, Nov. 6, 2021.

The ceremony was officiated by Col. Greg Meyer, commander of the 910th Mission Support Group, who transferred the APS guidon to Lytle, symbolizing his assumption of command.

The assumption of command 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 emblems. When soldiers followed their leader into battle, they kept sight of the flag. If the banner still waved after the conflict, it was a sign that their side did not taste defeat on the field of battle.

The tradition of passing the guidon continues today in a ceremonial capacity, serving to represent the transition of power to the next squadron commander, symbolizing their acceptance of leadership.

“Several peers have told me it’s a horrible time to come into command because of COVID-19 mandates and my unit deploying two teams out,” said Lytle. “…I think it’s a great time to do it, because I’d rather face things head-on and when things get tough…because we have a great unit and great people that are going to help carry us through this being resilient, so I look forward to the challenge.”

The 76th APS enables cargo and passenger throughput in support of worldwide Department of Defense wartime, peacetime and humanitarian airlift requirements and provides direct airlift support for other deploying personnel, equipment and vehicles.