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102D SFS Change of Command

Capt. Christian Leighton addresses the crowd during his assumption of command ceremony on Otis Air National Guard Base Dec. 2. Leighton assumed command of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, which he was once a member of as an enlisted Airman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Capt. Christian Leighton addresses the crowd during his assumption of command ceremony on Otis Air National Guard Base Dec. 2. Leighton assumed command of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, which he was once a member of as an enlisted Airman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Family and friends of Capt. Christian Leighton stand as the national anthem is played at the beginning of Leighton’s assumption of command ceremony on Otis Air National Guard Base Dec. 2. Leighton assumed command of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, which he was once a member of as an enlisted Airman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Family and friends of Capt. Christian Leighton stand as the national anthem is played at the beginning of Leighton’s assumption of command ceremony on Otis Air National Guard Base Dec. 2. Leighton assumed command of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, which he was once a member of as an enlisted Airman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Lt. Col. Christopher Hamilton, 102nd Mission Support Group commander, passes the 102nd Security Forces Squadron flag to Capt. Christian Leighton during an assumption of command ceremony on Otis Air National Guard Base Dec. 2. Leighton assumed command of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, which he was once a member of as an enlisted Airman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Lt. Col. Christopher Hamilton, 102nd Mission Support Group commander, passes the 102nd Security Forces Squadron flag to Capt. Christian Leighton during an assumption of command ceremony on Otis Air National Guard Base Dec. 2. Leighton assumed command of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, which he was once a member of as an enlisted Airman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. -- Captain Christian Leighton assumed command of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron during a ceremony on Otis Air National Guard Base, Dec. 2. Lt. Col. Christopher Hamilton, 102nd Mission Support Group commander, presided over the ceremony.

Hamilton, whose previous assignment was 102 SFS commander, highlighted Leighton's qualifications and expressed confidence in the future of the squadron under Leighton's command.

"He's established a track record of leading by example and excels wherever he is placed," Hamilton said. "He's a former enlisted member of the security forces squadron and he's never forgotten where he came from. He is uniquely qualified to lead this squadron to new heights."

In addition to Leighton's family and loved ones in attendance, the crowd included past and present 102 SFS personnel. They watched on with pride as the former enlisted defender assumed command of his new squadron.

Since leaving the enlisted ranks, Leighton has been assigned to both the 102nd Civil Engineer Squadron as well as the 102nd Air Intelligence Squadron. He's also deployed to Iraq twice.

He expressed appreciation to his prior commanders in the 102 CES and 102 AIS for their leadership and mentoring to help him reach this point in his career. He then thanked current 102nd Intelligence Wing commander, Col. Patrick J. Cobb, and Lt. Col. Hamilton for selecting him for this position.

"I truly appreciate the confidence you've given me as you grant me the command of the 102nd Security Forces," Leighton said. "I will do my best to ensure the squadron exceeds expectations and continues the outstanding accomplishments and reputation that it has earned."

Leighton then addressed the Airmen of the 102 SFS, who he is now tasked with the responsibility of leading as they perform their 24/7 mission defending Otis, as well as diligently train for when they may be called upon next to support other missions that arise.

"To the men and women of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, I'm extremely excited to be back wearing the blue beret," Leighton said. "I will work passionately to support you and our unit. I will do everything to ensure the 102nd Security Forces Squadron is prepared to stand ready if tapped by our governor to be the shield ready to protect life and property of the citizens of this great commonwealth of Massachusetts. If called upon by our president, we shall hear the call and use our war fighting skills to be part of our nation's sword to defend our country and serve wherever we are needed upholding the Massachusetts Minuteman tradition."