NORTON AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As an Air Force world transport center, this Southern California base moves troops and equipment thousands of miles. But it couldn't get a band 20 miles up the road to welcome the new base commander.
Nearly 300 community leaders and hundreds of Air Force personnel waited patiently on the base parade field Friday to watch Col. George W. Hillyer III turn over command of the base to Col. David A. Voigt.
Usually during such a ceremony, a military band plays as the airmen march past the reviewing stand. The bus carrying the band from nearby March Air Force Base dashed that plan. It broke down on the way to Norton AFB.
Recorder to the Rescue
Proving up to the emergency, base personnel plugged in a tape recorder and the change-of-command ceremony was accompanied by marching music blaring from speakers hung in nearby trees.