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101st Sustainment Brigade “Strike Fear” Battalion Changes Command

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, Families and friends of 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment “Strike Fear,” assigned to 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., gathered, June 21st, at the division parade field for a change of command ceremony.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. James C. Reese, outgoing commander, relinquished command of the Strike Fear Battalion to Lt. Col. Ryan L. Schrock, incoming commander.

Lt. Col. James Reese, outgoing commander of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, assigned to the 108th ADA Bridge, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., looks at the audience, June 21, 2017, during his speech during the battalion’s change of command ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. James Reese, outgoing commander of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, assigned to the 108th ADA Bridge, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., looks at the audience, June 21, 2017, during his speech during the battalion’s change of command ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Reese, who took command of the battalion in 2015, said how honored he was to serve with battalion over the past two years during his speech.

“I am truly humbled to have served alongside some of the most professional, dedicated, and motivated Soldiers of all ways and [military occupational specialties],” said Reese. “To all the officers and [noncommissioned officers] of the battalion, you reinforced my strengths and mitigated my weaknesses, never letting a mission fail.”

Col. Joseph McCallion, commander of 108th ADA Bde. “Spartans”, traveled from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to oversee the ceremony.

During McCallion’s speech, he praised the level of leadership Reese brought to the unit.

Col. Joseph McCallion, commander of 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, passes the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Ryan L. Schrock, incoming commander for the 2nd Battalion, 44th ADA Regiment, assigned to the 108th ADA Bde., and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Bde., 101st Abn. Div., during the battalion’s change of command ceremony, June 21, 2017, at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Col. Joseph McCallion, commander of 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, passes the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Ryan L. Schrock, incoming commander for the 2nd Battalion, 44th ADA Regiment, assigned to the 108th ADA Bde., and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Bde., 101st Abn. Div., during the battalion’s change of command ceremony, June 21, 2017, at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

“At all metrics of readiness, the Strike Fear Battalion has been the most challenged over the last two years,” said McCallion. “But they have demonstrated unmatched success within the Spartan Brigade, and that is a testament of the great leadership of Lt. Col. James Reese.”

Reese, who will continue his service at Fort Knox, Kentucky as part of the U.S. Army Human Resource Command, had some advice for the incoming commander.

“You’re about to take command of the most combat-experienced, best battalion in the branch,” said Reese. “Two years will absolutely fly by, and the only advice I would give is to enjoy it because before you know it you will be standing here [saying goodbye].”

Schrock, who formerly served as a company commander in the battalion, addressed the Soldiers in formation during his speech.

“To the Soldiers and Families of the battalion, I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I am truly honored to join this amazing team.”


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