The Change of Command ceremony is a time honored tradition in the Navy. Representing a formal transfer of authority from one person to another, the ceremony ensures that the unit and its sailors are never without leadership, or uncertain as to who their leader is. As Midshipmen, the biannual Change of Command ceremony is, for many, the first time they will bear witness to such an event. However, this is by no means the last time they will see one.
Looking sharp in summer whites, all of Boston Consortium NROTC, Midshipmen and officers alike, watched as MIDN 1/C Brewer exchanged command over the Battalion with MIDN 2/C Singley. With the simple words of “I am ready to be relieved,” spoken by MIDN 1/C Brewer, the transfer of authority over the Battalion began. The transfer to MIDN 2/C Singley’s authority was signified by the passing of a flag from the former Battalion Commander to the new.
The new Battalion Commander, MIDN 2/C Singley, spoke briefly on his goals next semester for the Battalion following the ceremony. He plans to continue some of the changes implemented by MIDN 1/C Brewer in the previous semester, but will be making changes of his own, ones he believes will lead the Battalion in an even better direction than before.
Awards were given to select Midshipmen following the Change of Command ceremony to celebrate the their accomplishments during the semester. Special guests representing many different groups honored Midshipmen with gifts such as scholarships, novels, and dress swords.
This Change of Command ceremony signaled the end of the year for Midshipmen and the start of a well-deserved vacation, and for many, summer cruise. Change of Command is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the Battalion, and look forward to what will come next. Food and refreshments were served after the ceremony concluded, allowing Midshipmen had one last opportunity to say goodbye to their friends and classmates before they went their separate ways for the summer.
Written by MIDN 4/C Pavón, photos by Ms. Phyllis Norwood