17th Communications Squadron Change of Command

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, receives the unit guideon from Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, receives the unit guideon from Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, passes the unit guideon to Maj. Mark Walkusky, the new 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, passes the unit guideon to Maj. Mark Walkusky, the new 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

17th Communications Squadron stands at attention in respect of their departing and incoming commanders during the 17th CS Change of Command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. During the ceremony the unit would salute the departing and incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

17th Communications Squadron stands at attention in respect of their departing and incoming commanders during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. During the ceremony the unit would salute the departing and incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, hands flowers to his wife during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. During change of command ceremonies it’s custom to give flowers to a departing commander’s wife as a symbol of appreciation for their support.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, hands flowers to his wife during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. During change of command ceremonies it’s custom to give flowers to a departing commander’s wife as a symbol of appreciation for their support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, presents a Meritorious Service certificate to Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. Maddox received the medal for outstanding service to his unit by providing new equipment and deployment opportunities for Airmen despite low manning.

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, presents a Meritorious Service certificate to Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. Maddox received the medal for outstanding service to his unit by providing new equipment and deployment opportunities for Airmen despite low manning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, stands at attention as Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, pins on a Meritorious Service medal during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. Maddox received the medal for outstanding service to his unit by providing new equipment and deployment opportunities for Airmen despite low manning

U.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, stands at attention as Col. Christopher Harris, 17th Mission Support Group commander, pins on a Meritorious Service medal during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. Maddox received the medal for outstanding service to his unit by providing new equipment and deployment opportunities for Airmen despite low manning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

The Meritorious Service medal and certificate for U.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. Maddox received the award in honor of his work as commander before passing the command down.

The Meritorious Service medal and certificate for U.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. Maddox received the award in honor of his work as commander before passing the command down. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

A decorated cake sits on display during the 17th CS Change of Command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

A decorated cake sits on display during the 17th CS change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/ Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Communications Squadron celebrated their change of command at the Event Center May 31.

17th CS welcomed its incoming commander, Maj. Mark Walkusky, and thanked Maj. Stephen Maddox, 17th CS commander, for his dedication and hard work. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition that signifies the orderly transfer of authority.