LONGKNIFE SQUADRON - Change of Command ▌ Sierra Vista Photographer, Arizona

On Monday, May 4th, 4th Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, looked on as LTC Kenneth Royar, Commander for 44 months, relinquished his command to LTC Dale Watson. The remarks were many, for which I was grateful, as it gave me the opportunity to circumnavigate the hangar containing the ceremony, capturing every angle I could imagine. From the presentation of the roses to climbing aboard an Apache helicopter, this special day was brimming with pride and admiration. I just love to watch an officer's wife glow when their husband stands at the front of a formation. Maybe it's me, but to know how many missed suppers and lonely nights are in your near future, because your Soldier is working and caring for his unit, and to still be bursting with pride as you watch him "take command", to actually be excited?! Now, that is GRACE. I can fully relate to these moments, I have witnessed first hand the importance of tradition, and it is with great joy that I accept the challenge of preserving this most special milestone for the families who will face the challenges ahead. Thank you for sharing your day, enjoy your sneak peek!


Carebear said... at May 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Lovely photos and introduction. The one of the three boys is adorable and mom is going to love it!

Julie Rivera Photography said... at May 6, 2009 at 4:43 AM

Karyn, these are as beautiful as I imagined they would be! Treasured memories for the whole family, to be sure. (When are you buying the new lens?!)

sylvia said... at May 6, 2009 at 3:21 PM

It was a joy to watch you zooming around the hanger! I knew you had captured the ceremony in your special way. The Watsons are going to love every picture!

HURPEAU said... at May 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

It's so good to see you !!
We miss you all
Take care ! Best wishes for you
With all our love
Karine, JC, Mathilde,Clémence,Baptiste et Matthieu

Don Holland said... at February 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Dale was my "Stick Buddy" in flight school. Nice to see his career went well.