Valkyrie Cadet Squadron Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony

Last night was AMAZING!

The Civil Air Patrol’s Valkyrie Cadet Squadron had Change of Command and a Retirement Ceremony at Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum  on Tuesday, May 10, 2010.

Sometimes pictures tell it best…

Color Guard
Col Phelka, Major Gilmore, C/2d Lt Axford (outgoing Commander),  C/2d Lt Cooney (new Commander…my son)
Cadet Commander 2d Lt Cooney, C/2d Lt Axford, C/CMSgt Harhai
A few remarks from the outgoing Cadet Commander and the new Cadet Commander
Captain King, Major Gilmore and his beautiful wife Katherine.
Major Gilmore who is Valkyrie’s liason to Wings Over The Rockies Museum is retiring.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, he dedicated 30 years of his life as a Firefighter, and in 1943 he joined the Civil Air Patrol.
Valkyrie Cadet Squadron
Lt Col John Leindecker, USAFR, USAF Liason
C/TSgt Gibbs, C/2d Lt Cooney, C/CMSgt Harhai
C/2d Lt Cooney, Captain Neff, and Captain Stransky
C/2d Lt Cooney and Major Gene Munson
C/2d Lt Cooney and Chaplain Rourk
Thank you to an OUTSTANDING Cadet Commander
Congratulations to C/2d Lt Cooney…You make Mom VERY proud, Sean!
We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with you over the years at VCS, Major Gilmore.  We are very grateful to you for all of the many years and late hours you have generously given to help make VCS the best it can be.  We are honored to know you and call you a friend. 
And I couldn’t help but end with a picture of Colorado on Wednesday, May 11, 2010!
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  1. Christine says:

    WAY to go Sean!!!!!!

    You make us all so proud!!!!!

    Christine in Ohio

  2. So proud of you Sean! Congrats!

  3. Thanks for the pictures, looks like an Awesome night. Congrats! So many good memories when I see those familiar faces.

  4. Aww Jill, thanks so much for stopping by. We all think of you often and have such wonderful memories of you and Michael. Hope all is well.

  5. Wow! I know you are proud! He's a great looking kid! Looks like you've done a great job Mama!

  6. Wow! BUT SNOW???!!!!

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