Change of command season begins: 3rd BCT welcomes new commander

| June 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

“Broncos” bid farewell to Piatt, welcome Kim

Col. Richard Kim, incoming commander for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes the Bronco Brigade’s colors from Maj. General Bernard S. Champoux during a Change of Command Ceremony at Sills Field May 27.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gathered at Sills Field, May 27, to bid farewell to their former commander and welcome a Hawaiian native as their new leader.

Col. Walter Piatt relinquished command to Col. Richard Kim.

Piatt has served as commander of 3rd BCT for the last three years, during which time he successfully led the Broncos in their most recent deployment to the Iraqi province of Salah a Din.

“Broncos, in the dark days of past deployment, when most would have thought the situation hopeless, you did not retreat,” Piatt said about his Soldiers’ recent deployment.

“You moved forward,” Piatt continued. “You applied lethal force with surgical precision, and where you found despair, you applied compassion. You won the peace and then transitioned home with honor.”

Piatt and his family have been stationed, here, at Schofield Barracks for seven years, but will now move to northern Virginia with his family to attend Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Although born in Korea, Kim was raised in Hawaii. He graduated from the University of Hawaii and was commissioned in May 1988. 

He has served multiple combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

Kim is married to Un Hui and has two daughters and one son.  

Kim said he is pleased to be back in Hawaii, to take command of the Bronco brigade and to lead the brigade into its tour in Afghanistan, slated for next spring. 

“It’s good to be home,” said Kim, as he took the podium at Sills Field to greet his new brigade and bid Piatt and his family farewell. 

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