Today was a very Historic day for the AAC (Academy Air Corps)
This morning our beloved Air Chief, Captain Emilie DeSantis, retired from her position of over 2 years as AAC's Air Chief, and turned the reins of command over to her executive officer Lt. Commander Sodak Xeltentat. It was a very moving ceremony and all are sad to see her go, but she really hasn't left. She has been promoted to a new position as AAC's senior advisor. So we will still be able to benefit from her knowledge and skills in the AAC.
|Captain DeSantis inspects her pilots one last time|
|My last inspection by Captain DeSantis|
And now, all our eyes turn to our new Air Chief, Lt. Commander Sodak Xeltentat. He has been Captain Desantis's right hand for as long as I can remember. Leading in his quiet Vulcan manner, he has been one that all of the pilots have looked up to, and I know he will do well as our new Chief. Congratulations Commander on having the honor of the "big" chair being pulled out for you, and for your courage to sit down in it. I look forward to continuing to serve as a squadron leader under your command.
|Captain DeSantis inspects her successor|
|Ltjg Thomas Aker, 2nd in Command|
|MCPO Malcolm Sholokhov, Nova Squadron Leader|
|Lt. Phedre Aonifal, Red Squadron Wing Leader|
Today was a very solemn, but happy day for the pilots of AAC. We watched as friends and fellow pilots were promoted into new positions of responsibility, and we wish only the best for them. We all look forward to all the new possibilities that await the AAC in the future.