Civil Air Patrol

New Commander at Yuma Squadron

Maj. Stu Smith relinquishes command of Yuma Composite Squadron 508 to AZ Wing Commander Col. Rob Pinckard. 2nd Lt Albert Ustaszewski (at right) assumed command. (Photo: C/CMSgt Elainea Franklin)

On March 4, 2020, command of Yuma Composite Squadron 508 was transferred from Maj. Stu Smith to 2nd Lt Albert Ustaszewski. Arizona Wing Commander Col. Rob Pinckard presided over the change of command ceremony.

Smith thanked the team, families, and sponsors for achieving the vision and intent of his four-year tour and also thanked several members who have gone above and beyond in their service to the squadron and CAP.

Ustaszewski is a cadet parent and served in the Marine Corps. Prior to assuming command, he was the squadron’s Deputy Commander of Seniors. The new commander said he will continue 508 on the path to success by expanding the squadron’s role in ground team and sUAS missions.

After the change of command ceremony, Pinckard announced Smith’s appointment as the new group commander of the wing’s west sector, which includes the 388th (Glendale), Deer Valley, London Bridge, Mohave Valley and Yuma composite squadrons. Smith said, “I hope to inspire the squadron commanders in the group to help sister units attain their goals and missions to achieve the west sector vision of being the best in the west!”

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