On 12 April, B Troop finally got a new commander. Over the years we've had a variety of different kinds of individuals command the troop, but for the first time a naval officer took command. We had to train him not to use navy lingo during the ceremony such as responding to commands with "Aye," but he managed to get through it okay.
We were a little short handed and had to pass the unit colors with only three people instead of the customary four, but it really didn't make much difference. We went through the traditional ceremony and concluded with our usual cavalry charge up the field.
Afterwards, we had refreshments in the gazebo and mingled with the spectators. The cannon crew decided to don naval head gear and offer a little salute to the new commander, which everyone enjoyed. B Troop has been commanded now by officers from all of the service branches except the Marine Corps. I shudder to think what that would be like.