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Logistics Readiness Squadron welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Duke Ota, commander,154th Mission Support Group presents the 154th Logistics Readiness Squadron guidon to U.S. Air Force Maj. Grady Green during Green's assumption of command ceremony held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 02, 2016. The assumption of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition in which the incoming commander assumes command of a unit. (U.S. Air Force National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Stan Pak/released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Duke Ota, commander,154th Mission Support Group presents the 154th Logistics Readiness Squadron guidon to U.S. Air Force Maj. Grady Green during Green's assumption of command ceremony held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 02, 2016. The assumption of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition in which the incoming commander assumes command of a unit. (U.S. Air Force National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Stan Pak/released)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The leadership of the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Logistics Readiness Squadron changed hands during a Change of Command Ceremony held here Oct. 2.

Maj. Grady Green assumed command from Maj. Regina Komine during the ceremony presided over by Col. Duke Ota, 154th Mission Support Group commander.

"This is a very significant day for Maj. Grady Green, whom today will become the second traditional commander of the 154th Logistics Readiness Squadron in the last 20 years," said Ota.

Green most recently served as 154th Wing Chief of Weapons and Tactics and pilot for the 204th Airlift Squadron where he was the squadron's first airdrop qualified pilot. This will be his first assignment as a squadron commander.

Outgoing commander Komine handed the guidon to Maj. Green as she embarks on her new assignment as the 154th WG Director of Staff.

"I am very excited and humbled at the same time," Green said. "I cannot express enough gratitude for those who have mentored and guided me along the way."

As a drill status airmen, Green currently flies full-time for a commercial logistics service. Prior to joining the Hawaii Air National Guard in 2003, he served as a Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot in the United States Army.

When asked what he looked forward to the most as the new LRS commander? He replied, "The ability to take care of the airmen and give back to the squadron, group, and wing that has given me so much."

A change of command ceremony offers moments of time and reflection.

"Looking [into the LRS squadron members' eyes] and knowing that they are entrusting me to lead them and take care of them--it was a humbling moment," Green said. "I also enjoyed the moment when I was passed the guidon and I handed it off to the 1st Shirt...just a symbolic measure that has deep traditions."

Green has nearly 26 years of combined experience in military and civilian aviation with over 8,500 hours combined flight time in multiple airframes.

"I feel absolutely confident Maj. Green will do a very fine job as the 154th LRS Commander," Ota said. "He brings some great logistics experience in transportation and urgent delivery experience via his civilian job."

154th LRS provides logistics support to all Hawaii Air National Guard units and oversees the management of HIANG assigned equipment including over 25,000 line items of supplies.