Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

July 15, 2013

Change of Command: A tradition of renewal

-- — Last week, Moody Air Force Base experienced a change of command for the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base.

For longtime residents of Valdosta and Lowndes County, a change of command has an almost seasonal aspect. As one season changes to another so must the command of Moody’s various operations change. Ceremonies marking these changes of command occur almost as regularly as holidays. Every year or two, Moody’s command structure changes.

A change of command is the opportunity for Moody to redouble its best efforts throughout the ranks. It should also be viewed as an opportunity for our entire community to re-double our efforts, not just to welcome the new commanders but to provide a hospitable stay for all of the brave young men and women stationed at Moody.

Valdosta-Lowndes County has a fine history of inspiring everyone from base commanders to airmen to either stay or return to South Georgia upon retirement from the military. It is a tradition that has greatly benefited our community.

Last week, Col. Billy D. Thompson relinquished command of the 23rd Wing while Col. Chad P. Franks assumed command.

We welcome Col. Franks to South Georgia and we hope he enjoys his time here.

We wish Col. Thompson well in his travels and future endeavors. If he ever considers Valdosta after the military, we’ll be glad to welcome him back just as South Georgia has made a home for so many commanders from the past.

1
Text Only
What We Think
  • The Times belongs to you

    The Valdosta Daily Times belongs to you. As we move forward with new leadership in our newsroom, we want you to know about our continued commitment to the communities we serve.

    July 28, 2014

  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

  • The wisdom of animals

    Animals may be smarter than us. If you don’t think so take a look at how we humans deal with the oppressive heat of summer. Compare our activities with those of animals.

    July 19, 2014

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results