by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd
107th Airlift Wing
10/14/2012 - NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION -- The
107th Maintenance Group received a new commander, Col. Kevin Rogers,
the former deputy commander of the same group, as he moved up to his new
position here Saturday. A change of command ceremony was held in which
he was also promoted to colonel.
On hand to pin on the eagle insignia were his wife, Antonina, and
sister, retired Air Force Master Sgt. Madonna Rogers. Col. Rogers joined
the 107th Airlift Wing in 1984 as an enlisted Airman in the base supply
section. He has studied hard and worked his way up the ranks. Col.
Rogers graduated from the State University of New York College at
Buffalo in 1990 then received his commission as an officer in 1991.
Col. Rogers will be in charge of the maintenance group whose main mission is keeping the C-130H2 flying and mission ready.
"This is truly a humbling experience now being in charge of this group,"
said Col. Rogers. "It was never in my plans when I first joined the Air
The outgoing commander, Col. Robert Kilgore, is leaving the 107th for an
assignment at state headquarters as the director of plans and programs
and commander of homeland response for the state.
"The maintenance group is one of the best in the Air National Guard and
you're in good hands for the future having Col. Rogers leading," said
The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history, dating
back to the 18th century during the reign of King Frederick the great of
Prussia. During this time, organizational flags were developed with
color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular military unit.
When a change of command took place, the outgoing commander would pass
the flag to the individual assuming command. This gesture was
accomplished in front of the entire unit so that all could see and
witness the new commander assuming his position. He who controlled the
flag also controlled the soldiers and their allegiance. The symbolic
tradition of passing the guidon has survived through military history,
and remains the key event of this military ceremony.