“Welcome to the ‘Old Wives Club!’” my friend said just before we left Edwards, CA. We both laughed, but it’s sort-of true. As far as military wives go, I’m on the “older” side now. Last week, my husband took command of his squadron so I’m now a “Commander’s Wife”. Yikes! How can I be old enough for this? I remember when we were first married, fresh out of college without kids. When I would talk to the commander’s wife, I felt like she was so “old”. Ha! Now that’s me.
The honor guard.
Pete speaking to the squadron.
Our family traveled to Florida for the ceremony. It’s a special time where the squadron comes together to say goodbye to the previous commander and welcome the new. We watched as the flag was brought in by the honor guard, put our hands over our hearts as the national anthem was sung, listened to speeches, and sang the Air Force Song loud and proud to close the ceremony. It was a great way to mark a momentous occasion with our family and friends.
My dad grilled the shrimp for us!
We followed the ceremony with great food and drink. Since we live near the gulf coast, I went by my favorite fish market and picked up snapper and shrimp for us to throw on the grill. We marinated the shrimp with oil, lime, and chili flakes and seared it quickly until bright pink. Everyone enjoyed the summery and festive main dish for our celebratory dinner.