In a change of command like no other, a hula was offered by the Kunishige family dedicated to the friendship that they held with departing commander Lt. Col. Warline S. Richardson. Lt. Col. Richardson then handed over the garrison flag to Lt. Col. Rolland C. "Chris" Niles, officially marking the change of command and leadership of the U.S. Army’s Big Island training complex.
In an emotional speech, Richardson thanked the families, communities, employees, troops for embracing her during her three-year command. She praised the members of the cultural advisory council for teaching her the traditions and history of Hawaii and the meaning of aloha.
A native of North Carolina, Richardson and her dog Starsky are moving to San Antonio, Texas, where she will step into her new role as Missile Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army North (Homeland Defense) Fort Sam Houston.