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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2007 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:55 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Emily Baker

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD – Sweeping change has come to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

But even though the brigade and each of its battalions now has a new commander, the brigade will continue its success, the 4th Infantry's commander said.

The brigade welcomed seven new leaders during a change of command ceremony at Fort Hood's Starker Gym on Friday.

"I promise they are going to look after you," Maj. Gen. Jeffery W. Hammond, the 4th Infantry's commander, told the brigade's soldiers and their families.

The ceremony's changes included:

Col. John Tully, who led the brigade during its recent yearlong deployment to Iraq, relinquished the brigade's command to Col. Henry Kievenaar III.

Lt. Col. James Howard relinquished command of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment to Lt. Col. Douglas C. Cardinale.

Lt. Col. Patrick Donahoe relinquished command of the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment to Lt. Col. Ken Casey.

Lt. Col. James "J.J." Love relinquished command of the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment to Lt. Col. Bill Benson.

Lt. Col. Mike Hilliard relinquished command of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment to Lt. Col. James Barren.

Lt. Col. Aaron Geduldig relinquished command of the 204th Support Battalion to Maj. Felicia Eaddy.

Lt. Col. Richard "R.J." Muraski relinquished command of the 2nd Special Troops Battalion to Lt. Col. Leo Caballero.

Tully laughed frequently throughout his remarks as he recalled the time he spent in Iraq with the commanders 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 (in Colorado) better than most."

The brigade is in the midst of a move to Fort Carson that was ordered by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure plan. All of the division's brigade combat teams eventually will move to Fort Carson, though they are expected to deploy to Iraq and return to Fort Hood again before moving to Colorado. No deployment orders have been issued.

Kievenaar thanked his parents, who provided excellent examples, he said, and thanked the brigade's soldiers for creating "an amazing legacy."

Contact Emily Baker at ebaker@kdhnews.com or call (254) 501-7559

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