When Colonel Austin O. Davis assumed command of the 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squad (FIS) at camp New Amsterdam he was a command pilot with 5,400 hours of flying time in a wide variety of aircraft. When he was assigned to take this command he had been director of operations at Duluth International Airport in Minnesota.
The following photos depict a formal review and parade featuring the USAFE band and will highlight Change of Command ceremonies that took place as Colonel Daniel C. Perry turned over command of the 32nd FIS over to Colonel Austin Davis.
Brigadier General Richard N. Ellis, commander of 86th Air Division, officiated the ceremonies at Camp New Amsterdam (CNA). There was a show of force flyover of 12 F-102s from the 32nd FIS to bid farewell to Colonel Perry and welcome Colonel Davis. Among the many dignitaries that attended were the Honorable William R. Tyler, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands; Mr. Seaborn P. Foster, U.S. Consul General from Rotterdam; Col. A. J. Marinus, commander of Soesterberg Air Bas; Baron and Baroness Van Nagell of Doorn; and the mayor of Zeist, Mr. Stolk. Colonel Perry was assigned deputy commander for test evaluation at the Air Defense Weapons Center (ADC) in Tyndall AFB, Florida.
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Closeup of l. to r. Ellis, Perry and Davis on review stand
From l. to r. Brig. General Ellis, Colonel Perry and Colonel Davis on review stand
Change of Command review of the men from Camp New Amsterdam
More images of the men of Camp New Amsterdam
Dignitaries sitting behind Colonel Davis as he watches ceremony on reviewing stand
Change of Command participants look on as Brigadier General Ellis, Colonel Perry and Davis perform their inspection
Colonel Austin Davis with Mrs Daniel C.Perry (to his right) talking to Ambassador and Mrs William R. Tyler the US Ambassador to the Netherlands
Here we find Colonel Perry and Brigadier General Ellis with Baroness van Nagell
Here we see BG Ellis with Colonel Perry and Davis going to the review stand
Mrs Daniel C. Perry (Mary) with Colonel Austin Davis and Ambassador William R. Tyler
Colonel Nugen shaking hands with Ambassador William R. Tyler as Colonel Daniel C. Perry looks on
Major Knops, Colonel Nugen. Colonel Perry, Colonel Marcum and Mrs Marcum
In this photo we see Mrs Perry with a 8mm film camera documenting the event. I wonder where that film could be, I would love to see it!
Colonel Austin Davis, Colonel Daniel C. Perry, Lt Colonel F.G.H. Droste (Commander NSN, Den Helder) and Mrs. Droste
Colonel Daniel Perry with Commodore F. E. Broers at the Change of Command ceremonies on July 16, 1968