50th Anniversary and Change of Command
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 celebrated its 50th Anniversary and conducted a Change of Command on 16 July 2010. Former and current Rawhides filled the hangar to watch Commander McDermott relieve Commander Hayden as the squadron's C.O. For the anniversary, guest speakers spanned each decade of VRC-40's operational history.
50th Anniversary Guest Speaker List
1960s CDR Jeff Walker, USNR, Retired
1970s CAPT Gary L. Woody, USNR, Retired
1980s CDR Gary L. Hearne, USNR, Retired
1990s CDR Steve Silverio, USN, Retired
2000s CAPT. Douglas D. Carsten, USN
Captain Buttram, the commodore of the Airborne Command, Control, and Logistics Wing, was the guest speaker for the Change of Command. In addition, he presented VRC-40 with the Battle "E" Award for calender year 2009.
Following the ceremony, Commander Hayden and Commander McDermott conducted a formation fly-by that featured a C-1A Trader, the former COD aircraft, and a squadron C-2A Greyhound. The C-2 also served as the jump platform for the U.S. Navy's Official Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, for their performance that culminated with a landing right in front of the hangar.
Static displays included a T-39 Sabreliner from VT-86, a V-22 Osprey from VMX-22, an MH-60S from HSC-22, an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-123, and an MH-53E Sea Dragon from HM-15.
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