Kidd assumes command of new SF squadron

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The 224th Security Forces Squadron was officially activated in a ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 8.

Lt. Col. Michael Kidd, formerly the 224th ADG Inspector General, assumed command during the ceremony.  Col. Steven Rathmell, the 224th ADG commander, was the ceremony's presiding officer. 

"Lt. Col. Kidd brings significant leadership experience and a deep commitment to people and our mission, making him the right choice to lead the 224th Security Forces Squadron into its next chapter," said Col. Steven Rathmell, 224th Air Defense Group commander.

The highlight of the ceremony was the symbolic passing of the guidon from Rathmell to Kidd, which signified the official transfer of authority to the new commander.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kidd expressed gratitude for the trust placed in him and outlined his vision for the squadron's future. "We are in position, right now and from this point forward, to define our legacy—our legacy as the original Defenders comprising the 224th Security Forces Squadron. It will be a legacy in which you will be proud. A legacy continued from those who came before us…and built upon the tenets of respect, accountability, credibility, and professionalism. We will set the example in all that we do.