Matthew McGee and Matthew Koenig have been friends for most of their lives.
They have similar interests and are part of the resident homeschooling community.
On Tuesday, Koenig, whose plans include attending Texas A&M and joining the Corps of Cadets, relinquished over his leadership position in the Civil Air Patrol’s George H.W. Bush Composite Squadron TX-041 over to his lifelong friend in a ceremony at Easterwood Airport.
The Bryan teen gave squadron commander reins to McGee, a 17-year-old from College Station, in a simple ceremony outside Astin Aviation surrounded by the cadets’ family, friends and ranking members, who are adults who manage the cadets. Approximately every one to two years, the group of motivated teens, preteens and young adults sees leadership changes as their most dedicated cadets move up in the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s ranks.