We had a grand winter trip planned beginning with Ft Bragg, NC for Rhett’s (son) change of command ceremony, then to the Baltimore area for our first visit with Eric (son) and family in their new home, and were considering a swing thru WV to visit with my family there. The day before we left, Eric called to advise his family was coming down with a cold and we aborted everything but Ft. Bragg – over one day and back the next.
The change of command ceremony is a 200 year old army tradition and we’d been at his other two, both as a company commander, but becoming a battalion commander is a big deal and this ceremony included a marching band and several generals.
His battalion contains 1100 folks and this is some of them in formation along with the 82nd Airborne’s marching band.
Before the ceremony, I got a shot of Rhett with the XVIII Airborne Corp Commander, Lt.General Frank Helmick.
This is Rhett and the outgoing commander reviewing the troops.
This is change of command where the boss, XVIII Chief of Staff, Brig General Mike Garrett, takes the battalion guidon from the outgoing commander and passes it to Rhett, as the incoming commander. Battalion commanders generally work for a colonel, but this is a unique situation in that his boss is a one star and his senior rater is a three star.
Gen. Garrett and Rhett making their remarks and a final shot of the troops.
I failed to get any shots, but the previous night we went to Luigi’s Italian Restaurant and had a great meal. Not only was the food good, but we had, perhaps, the best server ever – attentive, efficient, and a super personality. If you’re ever in the Fayetteville area and like Italian, you should give it a try.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
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