Unit Leaders To Transition On Fort Irwin

Photo by Casey Slusser Photographer, Training Support Center, NTC Operations Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead holds the guidon for United States Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) during a change of command ceremony at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center, May 30. She took command of MEDDAC during the ceremony. Three similar ceremonies will take place for three, brigade-level units and one battalion at Fort Irwin and the NTC, the week of June 25.

By Staff Reports

Brigade-level units on Fort Irwin and National Training Center to receive new commanders, say farewell to current ones

(Victor Valley)– — Three brigade-level units and one battalion at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin will hold ceremonies to usher in new commanders, June 25-27.

Three ceremonies over the span of three days will be conducted in accordance with the military custom and tradition associated with changes in unit leadership. Operations Group will host a change of command ceremony June 25 at 8 a.m., in front of its headquarters. The ceremony will be presided over by NTC and Fort Irwin Commanding General Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell. He will oversee the transfer of leadership from Col. Tobin Green to Col. Paul Colvert.

Ferrell will also administer the change of command for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during a ceremony on Fritz Field at 8 a.m., June 26. Colonel Antonio Aguto Jr., will transfer leadership of the regiment to Col. John Ward.

The 916th Support Brigade relinquishment of command ceremony takes place at the installation helipad at 9 a.m., June 27. Ferrell will pass the brigade’s guidon (flag) from Col. Sherrie Bosley to Lt. Col. Hiekle Welling on an interim basis. The 916th will receive Col. James Kazmierczak as commander in July. During the same ceremony, the 1916th Support Battalion will see its commander, Lt. Col. Peter Kalamares, hand over the unit’s reigns to Lt. Col. Richard Hubbard.

The ceremonies add color and pageantry to military life. They will include routines or drills such as: sound off, presentation of honors, inspection, honors to the Nation, change of command, and remarks. Often, the incoming commander’s family is present at the occasion. New commanders’ spouses are recognized with a presentation of a bouquet of yellow roses. Change of command ceremonies are derived from the Army’s first manual of ceremonies, “Revolutionary War Drill Manual” (known as the “Blue Book”), which was written by Maj. Gen. Baron Friedrich von Steuben.

Immediately following the ceremonies, a reception is held.

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