17th Communications Squadron changes command

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Lubas, 17th Communications Squadron superintendent, stands with members of 17th CS during the change of command ceremony in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The 17th CS provides cyber operations and support to enable the 17th Training Wing to produce the best Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance professionals and firefighters in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Lubas, 17th Communications Squadron superintendent, stands with members of 17th CS during the change of command ceremony in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The 17th CS provides cyber operations and support to enable the 17th Training Wing to produce the best Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance professionals and firefighters in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. David Coté, 17th Communications Squadron commander, speaks to the crowd during the change of command ceremony in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. Coté thanked those in attendance including his family as well as members of the 17th CS, and spoke on his gratitude towards them as their new commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. David Coté, 17th Communications Squadron commander, speaks to the crowd during the change of command ceremony in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. Coté thanked those in attendance including his family as well as members of the 17th CS, and spoke on his gratitude towards them as their new commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Beck, 17th Mission Support Group commander, presents the guideon to Maj. David Coté, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the change of command ceremony in the Event center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition that signifies the orderly transfer of authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Beck, 17th Mission Support Group commander, presents the guideon to Maj. David Coté, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the change of command ceremony in the Event center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition that signifies the orderly transfer of authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Beck, 17th Mission Support Group commander, receives the guideon from Maj. Mark Walkusky, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the change of command ceremony in the Event center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition that signifies the orderly transfer of authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Beck, 17th Mission Support Group commander, receives the guideon from Maj. Mark Walkusky, 17th Communications Squadron commander, during the change of command ceremony in the Event center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition that signifies the orderly transfer of authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Beck, 17th Mission Support Group commander, Maj. Mark Walkusky, 17th Communications Squadron outbound commander, and Maj. David Coté, 17th CS inbound commander, welcome guests of the change of command ceremony in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. Goodfellow leadership, members of 17th CS, and family members of both commanders attended the time honored tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Beck, 17th Mission Support Group commander, Maj. Mark Walkusky, 17th Communications Squadron outbound commander, and Maj. David Coté, 17th CS inbound commander, welcome guests of the change of command ceremony in the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. Goodfellow leadership, members of 17th CS, and family members of both commanders attended the time honored tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Communications Squadron conducted their change of command ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow, May 10, 2018.

The change of command saw Maj. Mark Walkusky, 17th CS commander, relinquish command of the squadron to Maj. David Coté. Following the time honored tradition, the unit guideon was passed from Walkusky to their superior Col. Jason Beck, 17th Mission Support Group commander, who then passed the guideon, and command of the squadron to Coté.

During the ceremony, Walkusky spoke to the crowd thanked those in attendance and looked back on his time at Goodfellow.

“The command environment here at Goodfellow would make any other installation jealous,” said Walkusky. “We put our Airman first, we are transparent and we work together with a focus on mission success. It was great to meet each and every one of you and I hope our paths cross again.”

Walkusky spoke to Coté as well, “You will propel this squadron to new levels of success, spending the last few days with you, it is clear that you are up to the task.”

Coté also spoke and thanked those in attendance and shared his hopes of what is to come.

“I know that I have ‘Shaq’ sized shoes to fill, but I can assure you that I will take excellent care of these tremendous people within the 17th Communications Squadron,” said Coté. “Thank you to the entire 17th Communications Squadron, you are the reason for today’s event. I am immensely grateful and motivated by this opportunity to serve with you and I hope to make a positive influence in your lives.”