510th Fighter Squadron Change of Command
4 June 2021 Aviano Air Base

In the big hangar 1, under a giant American flag, the 510th Fighter Squadron Change of Command Ceremony took place Friday 4th June 2021 at Aviano Air Base, where Lieutenant Colonel Daniel R. Linsey has relinquished Command to Colonel Leslie F. Hauck, 31st Operational Group Commander, and Lieutenant Colonel Kevin S. Anderson has assumed Command of 510th Fighter Squadron Unit.

All'interno del grande hangar 1, alla Base di Aviano, sotto una gigantesca bandiera a stelle e strisce, venerdì 4 giugno 2021 si è celebrato il Cambio di Comando al 510th Fighter Squadron, del 31st Fighter Wing. Il Tenente Colonnello Daniel R. Lindsey ha ceduto il Comando al Colonnello Leslie F. Hauck, Comandante del 31st Operational Group, il quale lo ha poi passato al Tenente Colonnello Kevin S. Anderson, nuovo Comandante del 510th Fighter Squadron.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Adriano Marzotto (AAFG)

Awarding of honor to Lieutenant Colonel Lindsey
Conferimento onorificienza al Ten. Col. Lindsey

The Aviano AB Aviation Friends Group had the opportunity to be present at the Ceremony, a special thanks to Mrs. Roberta De Piante Vicin, 510th Fighter Squadron Commander’s secretery and to Mrs. Angela Zammattio, 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office.

L'Aviano AB Aviation Friends Group ha avuto l'opportunità di presenziare alla cerimonia, un grande ringraziamento alla sig.ra Roberta De Piante Vicin, della Segreteria del 510th Fighter Squadron e alla sig.ra Angela Zammattio del 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office, per averlo reso possibile.


Colonel Leslie F. Hauck

Command Pilot with more than 2.400 flight hours
The Operations Group consists of seven squadrons that continually support operations and exercises across three Combatant Commands. The wide-ranging operational capabilities are brought by Airmen from the 31st Operations Support Squadron, 56th and 57th Rescue Squadron, 510th and 555th Fighter Squadrons and the 606th Air Control Squadron

Source: 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel R. Lindsey

Command Pilot with more than 2500 flight hours
He was responsible for leading the Squadron’s execution in the force application roles of Counter-Air, Strategic Attack and Counter-Land including interdiction and Close-Air support whit 25 F-16CMs employing state of the art munitions in support of Joint, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Combined Operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin S. Anderson

Senior Pilot with more than 2360 flight hours
He was Chief of Wing Plans and Programs, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base.
He was responsible for ensuring the safety and reliability of the Wing’s surety mission and leads a team of ten Airmen in the management of over 37 wing lead for Agile Combat Employment and other emerging initiatives, he helped trasform United States Air Force strategy into Wing operational capabilities.

History of the Change of Command Ceremony

The Change of Command Ceremony is rooted in military history, dating back to the 18th century during the reign of King Federick, the Great of Prussia. During this time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to the particolar military unit. When a Change of Command took place, the outgoing commander would pass the flag to the incoming commander. This gesture was accomplished in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming command. The person who controlled the flag also controlled the soldiers and their allegiance.  During battle, commanders, with the flag at their side, would choose a place on high ground from which to observe and control the combat situation. The flag served as a visible position for the troops to re-group or rally around during retrteats or victory.  The now symbolic tradition of passing the guidon has survived through military history and remains the key event of this military ceremony.