Cleveland County Composite Squadron Gets New Leader, Unit Earns Award
by 2nd Lt. Amy King, CAP
Norman, Okla (December 5th, 2023) — Captain Eric Holtzclaw took command of the Cleveland County Composite Squadron from Captain Ronald S. King Jr. on December 5, 2023, during a Change of Command ceremony at The Well in Norman.
More than 80 Civil Air Patrol members and their families attended the event, witnessing the passing of the torch between the squadron's leaders. Wing Commander Colonel Aaron E. Oliver and Chief of Staff Lt. Col. David E. McCollum were also present to lend their support.
"I'm excited to see where Eric takes Squadron 074," said Oliver. "Great things came from Ron King, and we are very thankful for all he has done for the unit the past two years. I wish Eric all the best going forward!"
McCollum echoed Oliver's sentiments, stating, "The squadron is in good hands, and I look forward to seeing the continued progress. This unit will always hold a dear place in my heart, as I was a member here when I returned to Oklahoma."
Adding to the celebratory atmosphere, the squadron received the prestigious 2023 Civil Air Patrol Unit of the Year Award from the Air and Space Forces Association. Capt. Brian J. Sommers from the Gordon Cooper Composite Squadron in Shawnee, OK, presented the award.
The ceremony also saw four cadets earn promotions for their hard work and dedication. You can view details of their achievements here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/as9k6jvuiGwe88Ye8
Colonel Aaron E. Oliver (left) instilling command of the squadron to Capt. Eric Holtzclaw with the cadet first sergeant assisting.
(Source: 2nd Lt. Amy King, CAP)
The Change of Command and Unit of the Year award highlight the Cleveland County Composite Squadron's commitment to excellence and service. With Captain Holtzclaw at the helm, the squadron is poised for continued success in the years to come.