Topic: Change of Command Ceremony
Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” said farewell to Col. Derek Thomson and welcomed Col. Robert Born on Saturday, November 22nd, 2019 during a change of command ceremony.
Thomson, affectionately known as “Bastogne 6”, and his wife Erin, served the division with distinction for 2 years.
“Over the past 2 years on this journey one word comes to mind,” said Thomson. “Gratitude.”
Fort Campbell, KY – On Thursday, August 22nd, 2019, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldiers will welcome a new commander at 9:00am.
Col. John Cogbill, who has commanded the unit for two years, will pass the brigade colors to Col. Brandon Teague in a ceremony on the division parade field at Fort Campbell.
Fort Campbell, KY – On Friday, July 12th, 2019 Soldiers, Family members and friends of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) gathered at Fort Campbell Kentucky for a change of command ceremony on Gabriel Field.
During the ceremony, Col. Lewis Jay Powers relinquished command of 5th SFG (A) as he passed the Group’s colors to Col. Joseph W. Wortham. The passing of the colors is an Army tradition symbolizing the passing of responsibility from one commander to another.
Maj. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick Jr., the commanding general of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), hosted the ceremony, shared with the audience his observations about the two commanders, and thanks the Soldier’s families, past and present, of 5th SFG (A).
Fort Campbell, KY – On July 11th, 2019 at 9:30am, the United States Army Garrison Fort Campbell will hold a Change of Command ceremony at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell will bid farewell to Col. Joseph P. Kuchan and welcome Col. Jeremy D. Bell.
Bell, was born in New York City and raised in Roxbury, New Jersey. He was commissioned as an Armor officer in 1997 from the United States Military Academy. His initial assignment was at Fort Stewart, Georgia where he served as an Armor and Mortar Platoon Leader in 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment.
Fort Campbell, KY – On June 17th, 2019 at the Fort Campbell Family Resource Center, Tennessee-native Col. Patrick T. Birchfield assumed command of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell during a change of command ceremony.
Birchfield replaced Col. Anthony McQueen, who led efforts to transform BACH’s medical support to units from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, enabling the medical readiness of more than 90 percent of their Soldiers for deployment, and providing access to care for more than 73,000 beneficiaries.
Written by Spc. Grant Ligon
Fort Campbell, KY – The 502nd Military Police Battalion Criminal Investigation Command conducted a change of command ceremony January 4th, 2019. The mission for 502nd remains the same.
Incoming commander, Lt. Col. Richard Stearns, seeks to ensure that his agents are taken care of and have the right training and resources to conduct investigations. CID agents not only go through normal law enforcement training that military police receive, but also take on additional federal training to enhance understanding of the intricacies of the legal, judicial, general crime scene and forensic processes.
101st Airborne Division
Fort Campbell, KY – The historic and accomplished 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) welcomed its 47th commanding general Thursday, February 14th, 2019, as Major General Andrew Poppas relinquished command to Major General Brian Winski.
Under Poppas’ leadership, the 101st Airborne Division deployed Soldiers to combat, contingency and peacekeeping missions around the world, to include Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, dozens of training and partnership missions on the African and European continents, and hurricane and disaster relief missions in Puerto Rico and the United States. He spoke to the thousands of “Screaming Eagle” Soldiers, Veterans and community members who assembled for the ceremony at Fort Campbell’s parade field.
Written by Staff Sgt. Adam Hinman
Fort Campbell, KY – In a bittersweet ceremony, the 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives Command, held a change of command ceremony in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, KY, March 14th, 2018. The unit bid farewell to its commander of 25 months, Col. Mark R. Faria, and welcomed its new commander, Col. Daniel J. Duncan.
The ceremony was reviewed by Brig. Gen. James E. Bonner, commanding general of the 20th CBRNE Cmd., who lauded the accomplishments of the unit under Faria’s leadership.
Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell garrison, which serves more than 26,000 Soldiers as well as more than 45,000 Family members, civilian employees and contractors, held a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater Friday.
Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, relinquished command to Col. Joseph Kuchan in a ceremony presided over by Brenda McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness.
Salome will retire after more than 23 years of Army service later in the year, while Kuchan is a familiar face at Fort Campbell, having most recently served as operations officer for the 101st Airborne Division.
Fort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will host a battalion change of command ceremony on the hospital’s A building front lawn at noon June 30th, 2017.
Lt. Col. Patrick T. Birchfield will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Deidre B. Lockhart, who most recently served in Hawaii as the Chief of Support Operations for the U.S. Army Pacific Surgeon Cell. During that time, she joined the USARPAC Coordination Element in Korea as the Deputy Director and the Republic of Korea Army 2nd Operational Command Lead Liaison.
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