By Rose L. Thayer
Fort Hood Herald
The rumbling engine of the World War II-era half-track vehicle, accompanied by the scent of gasoline, filled the air as the outgoing and incoming commanders of the 89th Military Police Brigade climbed into the back.
The two stood alongside Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., III Corps and Fort Hood commander, as they rode across Sadowski Field for their symbolic troop inspection, all part of the "Griffin" brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 1.
Campbell credited outgoing commander Col. Patrick Williams for providing continual support to Fort Hood throughout multiple deployments of its units.
"He has not only done so effectively, but he has excelled, in fact, improving the command and making the 89th Military Police Brigade into an indispensable member of III Corps and a team of teams, as well as an asset to the entire Army," he said.
As Griffin commander, Williams also served as the director of Fort Hood's emergency services. This included helping adjust to having more soldiers home now than at any time in the past decade, said Campbell. This included the transition from contract civilian guards at the post gates and civilian police officers to Department of the Army security guard and a military police force.
"He is leaving the 89th in a complete state of competency," said Campbell.
Williams will move on to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to be the assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Military Police School.
Moving into command is Col. Robert Dillon, who comes to Fort Hood for the first time from a position at the Pentagon.
"The brigade has a history of service and a legacy of success," he said during his remarks. "I'm humbled to stand here and at ease, because I'm joining a well-established, professional team."
Williams said farewell to the brigade by comparing his experience at Fort Hood to football, a sport he played at the University of Northern Iowa.
"The Army traded me to another team," he said. "Know that we gave our all to the Griffin brigade. Give Col. Dillon and (his wife) the same support you gave (my wife) and I."
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