The 9th Air Support Operations Squadron said goodbye to their commander and welcomed a new one during a change of command ceremony on July 9.
Lt. Col. Michael Stock handed the reins of the 9th ASOS to Col. Leland Cowie II, the 3rd Air Support Operations Group commander, who presided over the ceremony. In turn, Cowie, handed the reins to Lt. Col. William Roedl, charging him with responsibility of the squadron.
“He restored faith among the Airmen of this great squadron, the largest air support operations squadron,” Cowie said about Stock, “and frankly, righted a ship that was floundering.”
For his exemplary service, Stock was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal for his time as the commander.
During Winter Storm Uri, Stock took care of his 112 Airmen and their families by utilizing unit facilities and power generators, among various other achievements during his tenure.
“To my destroyer family, looking out at each of you today gives me hope. Hope for the future of this squadron, the Air Force and more importantly this experiment in democracy that is the United States. In my time as your commander you have proven yourselves as warriors – a resilient, adaptive and lethal team,” Stock said.
“Finally, and most importantly, I would like to turn to the men and women of this squadron. Serving you as your commander has been the pinnacle of my service, and now with an equal blend of pride and humility, I am passing the torch to you,” Stock said, addressing the Airmen and his successor.
Stock’s new assignment doesn’t take him far, as he assumes the role of deputy commander for the 3rd ASOG.
Incoming commander Roedl entered the Air Force in 2003 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a commission through OTS. He has deployed several times and currently has more than 2,200 flight hours, 522 being combat hours.
After the passing of the guidon Roedl said, “When thinking about today there are two phrases that I use and frequently come back to, ‘I am blessed’ and ‘It is an honor to serve.’ It is truly the honor of a lifetime to be in the United States Air Force and to be in command of the 9th ASOS here in beautiful Central Texas.”
During his closing remarks, Roedl thanked people who have made a positive impact in his career and life, acknowledged the high standards set by his predecessor and his dedication to meeting those standards, before addressing the Airmen of the 9th ASOS.
“Finally, to the men and women of the 9th ASOS, know that you have my absolute and complete trust. Seriously, 100%,” Roedl said. “And I know that I have to earn yours each and every day, and I look forward to the challenge.”