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VMM-263 gets new CO

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    VMM-263 welcomes new CO
    Lt. Col. Paul P. Ryan relinquished command
    of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 to
    Lt. Col. Chandler S. Nelms during a change of
    command ceremony outside the squadron’s
    hangar, Jan. 29.
    After serving nearly two years as the squad-
    ron’s commanding officer, Ryan is scheduled to
    study at Kaushal College of Armed Forces in
    Washington for the next year.
    “The biggest thing I am proud of is that
    we’ve always gotten the job done and got it
    done safely,” said Ryan. He further explained
    that Nelms did not need any good luck, because
    he was taking over a great command.
    Nelms, a native of Jupiter, Fla., was com-
    missioned from the United Stated Naval Acad-
    emy in 1993 after graduating with a Bachelor
    of Science in general science. Nelms reported
    to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron
    152 for his first fleet assignment where he par-
    ticipated in multiple detachments, exercises and
    attended several specialty training schools.
    Shortly after reporting to Marine Aerial Re-
    fueler Transport Squadron 352 in 2001, Nelms
    deployed to Pakistan as the unit’s detachment
    operations officer in support of Operation En-
    during Freedom.
    In 2003, he de-
    ployed with the 11th
    Marine Expedition-
    ary Unit in support
    of Operation Iraqi
    Freedom I and again
    in 2004 in support Op-
    eration Iraqi Freedom
    II. He returned to Iraq
    in 2007 as the execu-
    tive officer for Marine
    Aerial Refueler Trans-
    port Squadron 252,
    Detachment A.
    Just prior to tak-
    ing command of
    VMM-263, Nelms
    was an MV-22B spe-
    cial projects officer
    with Marine Aircraft
    Group 29.
    “I don’t think I could have possibly hoped
    for a finer commanding officer to receive the
    colors from,” said Nelms.
    During the ceremony, Nelms congratulated
    the Marines of VMM-263 for the long history
    of outstanding performance and said he plans
    to carry on that tradition.
    Lt. Col. Paul P. Ryan, former Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 commanding officer, right, passes
    the squadron colors to Lt. Col. Chandler S. Nelms, incoming commanding officer of VMM-263, during
    a change of command ceremony on the Air Station flightline, Jan. 29.

    I thought this may be of interest to all HMM/VMM-263 members.

    S/F Gary Alls
    HMM-263 '66-'67