A bittersweet morning for Naval Support Activity-Panama City personnel as they said good-bye to one commander and welcomed aboard a new one.
Military and civilian dignitaries, family and friends of both commanders gathered for a traditional change of command ceremony.
Commander Jessica Pfefferkorn is leaving after a 3-year tour. She is being promoted to the rank of Captain and is assuming a new command in Belgium.
Commander Pfefferkorn joked with the crowd saying she's gotten lots of calls from well wishers and will be sending them Belgian chocolates.
NSA-Panama City's new C-O is Commander Anthony Anglin. He's the fifth commander of the local base. "It's an awesome thing but there's a lot of responsibility involved. I want to make sure that I'm doing the right thing, saying the right thing and just being active and visible with my folks and that's very important."
Cmdr. Jessica M. Pfefferkorn, the outgoing NSA Commander said sometimes it’s hard to go. "I'm looking out at all the familiar faces that have made this tour go so fast, just because of their friendship. The great adventures they have introduced me too. The friendship that they have invited me in to their homes and heart is a little bit hard to leave behind."
Keynote speaker Congressman Steve Southerland said Bay County is a better place because of Commander Pfefferkorn and welcomed Commander Anglin to the best community in the world.