VT-9 welcomes first female commanding officer

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- VT-9 welcomed its first-ever female leader during a change of command ceremony Friday.

A new Commanding Officer officially took charge of VT-9 Squadron.

"I'm so excited about this opportunity to lead Training Squadron 9 and to train our next generation of naval aviators," says Commander Meghan Angermann.

Angermann relieved Commander Brian Baumgaertner who has served as the squadron's leader for the last 15 months.

"Commander Baumgaertner did a fantastic job leading this squadron. I learned a lot from him and it was a pleasure working with him every day," says Angermann.

"She has been rising through the ranks every since we were here together 12 years ago. She put in the hard work and effort to make sure she had all the qualifications. The Tigers are in great hands," said Baumgaertner who is retiring from the Navy after 20 years.

Baumgaertner thanked his wife and two boys for their sacrifices and support.

"We lived in 9 different places throughout their young lives. It has been amazing to watch them be so resilient and successful in every school they went to. They had to meet new friends and play sports. They truly amaze me," says Baumgaertner.

Baumgaertner gave a heartfelt message to Angermann.

"Meghan, thank you for being the best executive officer that I could ever for. She kept me on task and on time. She's a great leader and she's going to be good for the tigers," says Baumgaertner.

Angermann's command pin was affixed by her husband at Friday’s ceremony. She also received her Wings of Gold at NAS Meridian back in 2003.