The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held their first annual Change of Command Ceremony on April, 27, 2016. The Change of Command Ceremony is a ceremony to pass the command from the present Battalion Commander to the incoming Battalion Commander. The command is also passed from the present Command Sergeant Major to the incoming Command Sergeant Major. 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.
The ceremony begins as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan passes the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz for the last time. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz then passes the colors to Ms. Hargadine thereby relinquishing her responsibilities and authority. Ms. Hargadine passes the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett charging the new commander with the same responsibilities and authority. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett then passes the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan for safe keeping. The ceremony continues as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan passes the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Joshua Gonzalez thereby relinquishing his responsibilities and authority. This is known as the change of responsibilities. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Joshua Gonzales then passes 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. Cadets changed into sports clothes while the Booster Club Parents prepared a BBQ. Cadets enjoyed good food and fun games for the rest of the day. New cadets got to see what the games for the upcoming field day on May 7, will be like.
Congratulations to all of the cadets and their new positions.