SCOTIA, N.Y. - An old tradition welcomes a new face to the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia.
On Monday afternoon, there will be a formal change of command ceremony that will recognize the transfer of authority from Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Benton to Lieutenant Colonel Drew Pinckney. Both men are veterans of the war in Afghanistan.
The ceremony dates back to when the military unit's flag marked its position in the line of battle. The colors were always near a commander, so the troops knew where to rally on the field.
The change of command will take place at 1 p.m.