As Col. Ross Guieb addressed his troops for the first time last week, he told soldiers of the 89th Military Police Brigade, “The Guieb family is all in.”
No stranger to Fort Hood or the “Griffin” Brigade, Guieb takes the reins of a unit he once deployed to Iraq with.
“I look forward to working with all these professionals and carrying on what Col. (Robert) Dillon is doing,” he said.
Dillon relinquished command to Guieb during a ceremony July 30 at Sadowski Field after leading the brigade for two years.
“He gave me a lot of lessons,” Guieb said of his time with Dillon before the transition. “Be flexible, be adaptive, be attentive.”
Guieb accepted command with his wife, Kathy, and three sons by his side. He most recently served as the executive officer to the provost marshal general’s office in Washington, D.C.
“Ross, as you have seen by the outstanding caliber of officers, NCOs and soldiers of this brigade, your challenge will be to take a great unit and make it better,” Dillon said. “That said, you are a leader up to this challenge and ... I know you will take it to the next level.”
The scope of command includes not only the brigade — which has soldiers spread among four installations — but the civilian first responders who make up Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services.
“To be successful as a director of emergency services you must rely on and believe in our amazing Army civilians who make emergency response and service a reality every day,” Dillon said.
During Dillon’s two years of command, crime dropped 18 percent and misconduct dropped 25 percent, said Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, deputy commander of III Corps and reviewing officer of the ceremony. The brigade also sent contingencies of soldiers on 27 deployments during that time.
“Col. Dillon implemented the 89th MP Brigade and DES strategic plan to move processes from reactive to preventive,” Cox said.
The general officer described Guieb as possessing the “education, experience and passion” to maintain the brigade’s excellence and bring it to new heights.