By: Capt. Robert Doyle III, USMC
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The VT-21 Redhawks (Training Squadron 21), stationed aboard Naval Air Station Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas, held the Change of Command ceremony, March 3, to mark the transition of command leadership.
During the change of command event, Cmdr. William Rietveld, of Holland, Michigan, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the VT-21 commanding officer from Cmdr. Matthew Starr, of Charlotte, North Carolina.
During his time at VT-21 and Training Air Wing (CTW) 2, Starr’s squadron flew over 13,000 hours, while producing a total of 69 newly winged Naval Aviators to the Navy and Marine Corps fleet.
Rietveld takes over the VT-21 “Redhawks” as he prepares to continue the squadron’s proud history of success.
VT-21 conducts modern day intermediate and advanced flight training for Navy and Marine Corps Student Naval Aviators (SNA) in the T-45C Goshawk. The squadron employs a demanding program to train and develop young officers into competent and capable Naval Aviators who prevail in completion, crisis, and conflict.
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