FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- At Fort Riley, a new commander is now at the helm of the Army’s oldest brigade.
The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, part of the 1st Infantry Division, held a change of command ceremony Friday morning at Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field to bid farewell to its current commander and welcome its new commander.
Colonel Michael Pappal said it was an honor to serve with the 1st Brigade, especially during their many achievements in Iraq.
Pappal led the unit during its 2010-2011 deployment to Baghdad in support of Operation New Dawn. While in Iraq, the brigade performed a vital advise, train and assist mission with the Iraqi Security Forces, and was among the last American units in the Iraqi capital.
Col. Pappal officially passed the reigns to Colonel John Reynolds.
“It’s been a while. I was at school at Rhode Island at the War College. I was a professor at the War College and now it’s time to get back to business and get back to work. It’s great to be here at Fort Riley, Kansas. It’s a great brigade and it was a great change of command ceremony,” Col. Reynolds told WIBW.
Reynolds will oversee the1st Brigade as it integrates new personnel, acquires and trains on new weapons systems and begins to reorganize under the Army’s massive restructuring plans.
“Everything that the Army is doing, this brigade is ready to take on and handle,” Col. Reynolds said.