VP-47 welcomes new commanding officer

Cmdr. Kjell A. Wander and Cmdr. George M. Landis III cut cake after Patrol Squadron 47's change of command ceremony April 14 at hangar 104 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. Wander relieved Landis as the squadron's commanding officer and most recently served with U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stacy Laseter

Cmdr. Kjell A. Wander and Cmdr. George M. Landis III cut cake after Patrol Squadron 47's change of command ceremony April 14 at hangar 104 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. Wander relieved Landis as the squadron's commanding officer and most recently served with U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stacy Laseter

Lt. j.g. Ron G. Belany

Patrol Squadron 47

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION KANEOHE BAY – Families, friends and the men and women of Patrol Squadron 47 gathered in hangar 104 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay for the squadron’s change of command ceremony April 14.

Cmdr. Kjell A. Wander relieved Cmdr. George M. Landis III as the commanding officer of the squadron.

Landis quoted former president Ronald Reagan in encouraging the squadron to continue to great heights. “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known,” Landis said.

Landis’ next assignment is at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., a military institution to prepare officers and civilian government officials for leadership and executive positions in the field of national security.

Wander is a native of Charleston, S.C. and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval War College. His most recent tour was at U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska.

Under Wander’s leadership, VP-47 is scheduled to deploy to Europe and Africa late this year.

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