By Emily Baker
Fort Hood Herald
A former airman, a new equipment tester, an Army legislative liaison and a tactics instructor were among the leaders who took command Friday in the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
The change of command began with Col. John Tully relinquishing command of the brigade to Col. Henry Kievenaar III. The brigade's six battalions followed with their own changes.
Tully leaves the brigade to become U.S. European Command's Chief of Operations. Kievenaar was the 4th Infantry's operations officer before taking command of the brigade.
"These leaders are what the United States demands," said Maj. Gen. Jeffery W. Hammond, the division's commander, during the change of command ceremony at Starker Gym.
Tully laughed frequently throughout his remarks as he recalled the time he spent in Iraq with the leaders who relinquished command with him, and spoke proudly of the brigade's accomplishments. He was delighted about the choice of new brigade commander.
"The Army could not have picked a better commander," Tully said. "He knows Fort Hood and Fort Carson (Colo.) better than most."
Kievenaar thanked his parents, who provided excellent examples, he said, and thanked the brigade's soldiers for creating "an amazing legacy."
In battalion changes, Lt. Col. James Howard relinquished command of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, to Lt. Col. Douglas Cardinale, who most recently was the chief of the Operational Test Command's Maneuver Systems Test Division.
Lt. Col. Patrick Donahoe relinquished command of the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, to Lt. Col. Ken Casey, who was an Army legislative liaison before returning to the 4th Infantry.
Lt. Col. James "J.J." Love relinquished command of the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, to Lt. Col. Bill Benson, who was the executive officer of the 4th Infantry's 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
Lt. Col. Mike Hilliard relinquished command of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment to Lt. Col. James Barren, who most recently was an Army tactics instructor at the Command and General Staff College.
Lt. Col. Aaron Geduldig relinquished command of the 204th Support Battalion to Maj. Felicia Eaddy, who was an airman before earning her college degree and a commission in the Army's Ordnance Corps. She was the brigade's support operations officer and temporarily takes command of the battalion until it moves to Fort Carson, Colo., later this year.
Lt. Col. Richard "R.J." Muraski relinquished command of the 2nd Special Troops Battalion to Lt. Col. Leo Caballero, who was the commander of the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment at Fort Carson.
The brigade is moving to Fort Carson under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.
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