500th MI Brigade welcomes new commander, Frost

| July 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

1st Lt. Julianne Barcia
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Mary Legere, left front, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, passes the brigade colors to Col. Patricia Frost, the incoming commander for the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade. (Sgt. 1st Class Theodore Alger | 715th Military Intelligence Battalion)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers, family members and government civilians gathered on Sills Field, here, July 14, to bid farewell to Col. Christopher Ballard, outgoing commander, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, and to welcome Col. Patricia Frost, incoming commander.

The ceremony’s reviewing officer was Maj. Gen. Mary Legere, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Legere said Ballard was a “superb (INSCOM) brigade commander. You have led from the front, inspired your team to excel and taken your unit to the next level. In addition to managing and synchronizing thousands of intelligence operations in support of the theater, you have set the standard for training, readiness and maintenance, showing concern for and commitment to the Soldiers and families of the brigade.”

Ballard took command of the 500th MI Bde. in August 2008. He’ll assume his new role as Intelligence and Security Command, Operations, at the command’s Fort Belvoir headquarters.

During his remarks, he spoke with great affection of his family’s experiences in Hawaii.

“There is something intangible that seems to bring out the best in people once they step on-island … or somehow, only selects the best and brightest to serve here,” Ballard said. “I can’t explain our abundance of superb noncommissioned officers, officers and Army civilians, but there is nothing mysterious about the truth that super leaders inspire and develop the best Soldiers.”

“To the Soldiers on the field and their families in attendance, as well as the nearly 1,600 Soldiers and civilians of the brigade they represent, (who are) serving today in four states, seven countries, across 13 times zones, (and) who work daily to provide timely relevant intelligence to supported commanders across the globe, you have my deepest thanks … for your service to our nation, for the way you carry yourselves as Americans in engagements through the Pacific, and for your dedication to this command,” Ballard said.

Incoming brigade commander Col. Patricia Frost isn’t new to the Hawaiian Islands. In 2003,  Frost was assigned to the U.S. Army-Pacific at Camp Smith, where she served on the intelligence staff.

Col. Christopher Ballard, left, outgoing commander, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade; Maj. Gen. Mary Legere, center, ceremony reviewing officer, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Fort Belvoir, Va.; and Col. Patricia Frost, incoming brigade commander, 500th MI Bde., approach the reviewing stand. (1st Lt. Julianne Barcia | 500th Military Intelligence Brigade)She commanded the 125th MI Battalion and the 25th Infantry Division Special Troops Bn. from 2005-2008, and then served as the deputy chief for the U.S. Army-Pacific Commanding General’s Initiatives Group at Fort Shafter.

Most recently, Frost served as the director for executive engagements and services for the commanding general of USARPAC.

“To the Soldiers and civilians of the 500th MI Bde., you are proven in service, in combat and in sacrifice,” she said. “I am humbled to be counted among your ranks. You are a special team of teams, and have demonstrated that you are America’s Pacific Vanguard.”

“In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung, their inspiration is patriotism, their reward little – except the conviction that they are performing an indispensable service to their country and the knowledge that America needs and appreciates their efforts,” Legere said, quoting President Dwight Eisenhower.

“Like those who have come before you, you are today’s heroes – undecorated and unsung – performing an indispensable service that has never been more impressive or more important,” Legere added, while addressing the 500th MI Bde. Soldiers.

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