Colonel Jeremy Baenen (center) accepts the wing flag from Brigadier General Steven Gregg (left), commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, symbolizing his acceptance of command of the 173rd Fighter Wing during an official ceremony, January 13, 2013, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Colonel Jeffrey Silver (right) steps down as Baenen accepts command of the Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)
Baenen takes command of 173rd Fighter Wing
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A change of command took place Sunday,
January 13, 2013, at Kingsley Field.
Colonel Jeremy "Weed" Baenen, who has more than 20 years of
military experience, took command of the 173rd Fighter Wing.
Baenen's military experience includes 10
years with the active duty component before joining the Oregon Air National
Guard in 2002. He most recently
commanded the 173rd Operations Group after holding numerous positions at the
142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base. These assignments provide a strong skill base
necessary for this key command position.
The official ceremony included the
passing of the Wing guideon, a flag that represents the command, from the
outgoing commander to the incoming commander.
According to Air Force protocol, the ceremony is rooted in military
history, dating back to the 18th Century.
During this time, organizational flags were developed representing the
individual units. When a change of
command took place, the outgoing commander would pass the flag to the invidual
assuming command. This took place in
front of the entire unit so that all could witness the new commander assuming
Additionally, Baenen's name was revealed
on the Wing flagship F-15 Eagle as the commander of the 173rd Fighter
Wing. Flowers were presented to the
wives of both of the outgoing and incoming commander from the members of the
173rd Fighter Wing.
Colonel Jeffrey "Hi-Ho" Silver, who commanded the 173rd Fighter Wing
since September 11, 2011.