Change of Command Ceremony

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held their annual Change of Command Ceremony on April 26, 2017. The Change of Command Ceremony is a ceremony to pass the command from the current Battalion Commander to the incoming Battalion Commander. The key of the Change of Command is the passing of the unit’s colors. The colors are the symbol of the commander’s authority representing her authorities to the organization. Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo and Mayor Gregory J. Oravec were our distinguished guests at the ceremony.

The ceremony began as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun passed the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett for the last time. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett then passed the colors to Principal Adrian Ocampo thereby relinquishing her responsibilities and authority. This is known as the change of responsibilities. Mr. Ocampo passed the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin charging the new commander with the same responsibilities and authority. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin then passed the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun for safe keeping. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Jolaogun then passed the colors to the color guard and he is now responsible for maintaining the colors.

After the ceremony was over, seniors turned in their uniforms as this was their last uniform day. The cadets changed into sports clothes while the Booster Club parents prepared a BBQ. Cadets enjoyed good  food and fun games for the remainder of the evening.

Jaguar Battalion at the beginning of the ceremony
Picture by: Brianna Harris
Passing of the Colors
Photo by: Brianna Harris
Our new Jaguar Battalion Commander Travis Cetin with Mayor Gregory J. Oravec
Picture by: Brianna Harris