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Adel native takes command of U.S. Air Force squadron

The Henderson family poses for a photo after the 19th Communications Squadron change of command July 14, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kaylee Clark)
The Henderson family poses for a photo after the 19th Communications Squadron change of command July 14, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kaylee Clark)
Col. Stephen Weaver, 19th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Daniel Henderson, 19th Communications Squadron commander, July 14, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kaylee Clark)
Col. Stephen Weaver, 19th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Daniel Henderson, 19th Communications Squadron commander, July 14, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kaylee Clark)

U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (select) Daniel C. Henderson took command of the 19th Communications Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Jason P. Mobley in a change of command ceremony held July 14, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. A change of command is a time-honored military tradition that represents a formal transfer of a unit’s authority and responsibility from one commander to another.

Henderson, the son of Doris Henderson of Adel, and a 1985 graduate of Adel-DeSoto High School, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1992 and was commissioned through Officer Training School in 2000 after completion of his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland University College.

He has served in numerous positions at the squadron, wing and major command levels. He was deployed to Afghanistan for all of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There he served as the Director of Communications for NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, and as an U.S. Air Force Advisor to the one-star general Director of Communications for the Afghanistan Air Force.

Henderson is a Master Cyberspace Operations Officer, and earned his master’s degree in 2007 in from The George Washington University.

His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the NATO International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan) Medal.

The 19th Communications Squadron is composed of more than 140 military, civilian and contractor personnel. The unit provides fixed command, control, communications, computer and information & knowledge management support.

Henderson oversees the base communications infrastructure and the Communications Infrastructure Planning System and services for the 19th Airlift Wing, 314th AW and 37 other tenant units at Little Rock Air Force Base, the home of the world’s largest fleet of C-130 aircraft.

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