Matt at his desk the last time as Commander.
The change of command ceremony was held outside. Last week it would have been a nice warm day and the shade would have been much appreciated. Today however, with the recent drop in temperatures it was a bit on the cool side, but not unbearable. The ceremony was very nice and Matt did an outstanding job with his speech. He had really nice comments for his soldiers. I've added a few pictures of the ceremony.
Changing of Commanders - Passing of the flag.
Matt giving his speech where he commended his soldiers.
Aren't these roses beautiful! They gave these to Megan during the ceremony.
Afterwards we had lunch at McAllister's. We really like this place.
Following lunch, Megan had a routine doctor's appointment so we parted ways for awhile, and we came back to the RV. I updated the blog (previous posts) and a few things around here. They came by after the doctor's visit and we hung out here until dinner. Matt's unit honored him at a dinner at Giovanni's in Copperas Cove just west of where we are staying at Ft. Hood. We have been there with Matt & Megan before, and as then - it was very good. I ate so much I felt like I waddled out.
Following the meal, they presented Matt with a framed banner of their unit and several had comments about Matt. They were all very favorable. They talked about his integrity, how he always wanted to do the right thing, his fairness, and a female soldier stated if she had a daughter in the military that she would wish her daughter to have a commander like Captain Peine. As a mother, I can't think of anything more complimentary to say about your commander than that. It was apparent they would miss him.
Matt and Megan stayed at the house to visit for awhile afterwards. It was a good day. By the way, the doctor appointment outcome: Baby is in position but nothing to indicate Joshua is ready to see us quite yet - few more days; but they did move up the date from April 27 to April 25 to start labor if Megan does not go into labor before then. So we expect to meet little Joshua by April 25 unless he becomes anxious to meet us sooner - we can only hope!!! Needless to say Joshua's impending arrival seems to be our topic of choice every day! Papa and Nana are almost as excited as Mom and Dad!