JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas --
Lt. Col. Jason Cashman assumed command of the 70th Flying Training Squadron from Col. Michael Vanzo during a change of command ceremony held at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., December 1, 2016.
Cashman was previously the 340th Flying Training Group director of training and acting director of operations at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. As the new 70 FTS commander, he will oversee 43 Airmen charged with augmenting the 306th Flying Training Group missions of glider, parachuting element and powered flight training at USAFA.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to take command of this outstanding organization,” said Cashman. “The men and women of the 70th are expert instructors, leaders and mentors, and have my absolute trust and confidence to continue to provide unrivaled support to the 306th and USAFA. I am humbled to be able to work with such an amazing team in developing the next generation of Air Force leaders.”
Col. Roger Suro, 340 FTG commander, presided over the ceremony and transferred the 70 FTS guidon from Vanzo to Cashman.
"Lt Col Cashman was integral to 340 FTG operations during his time at the headquarters staff and I know he'll carry this legacy with him to the 70th” said Suro. “He exemplifies the dedicated and compassionate leadership that is crucial to ensuring world-class training for USAFA Cadets and I am confident of his continued success as he takes command of this exceptional squadron."
Cashman remarked on being the commander of a flying squadron at USAFA, “I can't imagine a better job in the Air Force!"