Altus Air Force Base says goodbye to Colonel C.D. Everhart

Altus_In a formal ceremony on the parade grounds Friday, Altus Air Force Base said goodbye to Base Commander Colonel Carlton D. Everhart.  Colonel Everhart relinquished his two year command to new Commander Colonel David W. Allvin.

City and state officials, friends and family gathered together to share in one last goodbye with Colonel Everhart and to welcome the new head of the "Mighty Ninety-Seventh.  The former Base Commander has a new position south of Altus; a long way south.  He and his family are heading to San Antonio just after today's ceremony.  Everhart will be the new Command Inspector General at Randolph Air Force Base.  He will be responsible for inspections and any complaints for the entire education training command.

"I'm so thankful for everything that you have done for me and our family and I am proud of you.  I love you both very much," Colonel Everhart said.  He was speaking to his wife and daughter at the Exchange Ceremony.  And, from the size of the crowd, he and his family will be missed.  "I'm sad to leave here because anytime you have to give up command, you're giving up a tremendous part of your life," he said.

Colonel Everhart made a final inspection as the Commander of Altus Air Force Base before handing the reigns over to Colonel Allvin.  "I'm just excited to get down to the business of commanding the wing here at Altus," said Colonel Allvin.  "It's really an honor to be here and this ceremony is almost overwhelming."

Colonel Everhart was also presented with the Legion of Merit, First Oak Leaf Cluster by Major General Irving L. Halter Jr.  It's awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

"Again, thank you.  I am honored to serve our country with you here at Altus.  God bless you," said Colonel Everhart.  "God bless our Air Force, and God bless the United States of America."