582nd OSS welcomes new commander

Col. David Smith, 582nd Helicopter Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Christopher Roness, 582nd Operation Support Squadron commander, during the 582nd OSS assumption-of-command ceremony August 5, 2016, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition authority and responsibility of the squadron to Roness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Valle)

Col. David Smith, 582nd Helicopter Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Christopher Roness, 582nd Operation Support Squadron commander, during the 582nd OSS assumption-of-command ceremony August 5, 2016, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony signified the transition authority and responsibility of the squadron to Roness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Valle)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Lt. Col. Christopher Roness assumed command of the 582nd Operation Support Squadron during an assumption-of-command ceremony here, August 5.

A change-of-command ceremony is a tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander.