FORT HOOD — The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, welcomed a new “Ironhorse 6” during a change of command ceremony Friday on Cooper Field.

Col. John DiGiambattista relinquished command of the brigade to Col. Wilson R. Rutherford IV.

Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commander for III Corps and Fort Hood, served as the reviewing officer.

DiGiambattista, who led the brigade during a recent nine-month rotation to Korea, is being assigned to a staff position at the Pentagon.

“I am humbled and honored to have served in this storied brigade,” DiGiambattista said. “Commanders come and go, but the soldiers of the unit remain and this is an opportunity to reflect on their incredible achievements over the past almost three years.”

Rutherford graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993. He began his service with 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment in Germany and has served with the 82nd Airborne Division.

He served as an aide-de-camp to the commander of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and deployed to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq, including serving in Sadr City, Iraq, during the surge of 2005. His most recent assignment was as the senior U.S. government representative in Somalia, leading the Military Coordination Cell in Mogadishu.

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