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 Article and photos by Amn Morongwa Kgomosotho, AD ASTRA Magazine

The outgoing Officer Commanding (OC) of South African Air Force (SAAF) Headquarters Unit, Col Itel Zűrich handed-over the Sword of Command to the newly appointed Officer Commanding, Col Jacobus Janse Van Rensburg. The Change of Command parade was held on 26 February 2016 at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop West in Valhalla, Pretoria.

Col Itel Zűrich addressing the audience at the SAAF HQ UNIT Change of Command Parade

As he gave the last salute to the Unit members in his capacity as the OC, Col Zűrich, thanked the Chief of Air Force (CAF) Lt Gen Zimpande Msimang for giving him an opportunity to express his ability as OC SAAF Headquarters Unit (SAAF HQ Unit). He started as OC SAAF HQ Unit in 2013 and has since been appointed as SSO Protection.

Senior Officers and NCO spectators during change of command parade

Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude to the Unit Command Council for all their dedication, hard work and the way they supported him. He also acknowledged everyone who played a role in helping him to succeed in his career. During his tenure as OC, he organised events like the biggest loser contest, wellness day where members could voluntarily check their HIV status, blood pressure, engage in 67 minutes of social activity in honour of the late Dr Nelson Mandela and heritage day.

The arrival of the reviewing office , Col Itel Zűrich at the podium

The new incumbent, Col Janse Van Rensburg is the former PSSO to CAF and had served as OC SAAF College, to mention just the few.

The outgoing Officer Commanding of the SAAF HQ Unit (left) handed over the Sword of Command to Col Jacobus Janse Van Rensburg


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