196th Infantry Brigade changes command

| July 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Roberts
th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs 

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, left, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, passes the 196th Infantry Brigade colors to Col. Jack K. Pritchard, incoming commander, on the historic Palm Circle, Tuesday, at Fort Shafter. (Courtesy Photo)FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Col. Jack K. Pritchard became the newest commander of the 196th “Chargers” Infantry Brigade, US Army Reserves, in a change of command ceremony at historic Palm Circle, here, Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, US Army Pacific, commanding general, was honored to participate in the change of command ceremony.  “It is a great privilege to participate in the exchange of the colors and command responsibility between two outstanding leaders,” said Mixon.

For the outgoing commander, Col. James D. George,   the ceremony had special meaning, not only because he was relinquishing command of the 196th, but the ceremony began with the national anthem being sung by George’s daughter Kyla.

“I want to give a special thanks to my 12 year old daughter, Kyla, for rendering honors to the nation… singing our National Anthem and for sitting in Kysa’s (George’s wife) seat today to honor her role,” said George. “You were superb!”  “Man, am I proud of you.”

Unfortunately, George’s wife could not be in attendance but had an opportunity to be a part of the award ceremony held earlier by video teleconference.

“Kysa is attending training with FEMA in California,” he continued. “I want to thank her for caring for our soldiers, for her passion for the Army families and her desire to continue making the process of reintegrating soldiers after returning from deployments.”

The 196th prepares and trains other units; soldiers of both Army Reserve and National Guard and soldiers of other nations go to war.

“The Chargers prepare the most intensely realistic training scenarios for some very specialized teams in the National Guard as well as the civil support teams and the chemical, Biological, Radiation enhanced response force package,” said George during his speech.

The 196th has soldiers in three states and Guam. However, their mission could call them to train all over the globe. Currently the 196th is training the 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, here.

“These Chargers live in Guam, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii, but they train all over the globe. Wherever we send them, in all extremes of weather and time,” continued George.

George thanks his troops and welcomed Pritchard, his wife Michelle and one of two sons David. His other son John could not be in attendance because he is currently deployed as a Field Artilleryman in Tikrit, Iraq with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.  He also gave thanks to Lt. Gen. Mixon.

“Lt. Gen. Mixon, thank you for this opportunity to serve with soldiers in the Pacific once again. Our priority is and will remain to provide professional, high-quality training support to Reserve component units throughout the US Army Pacific,” said Pritchard during his speech.

Pritchard took the time to also thank George.

“Col. Jay George and the George Ohana, you have poured your heart and soul into this great organization and it shows. Thank you for a fabulous transition and you gracious hospitality. I am looking forward to our continued friendship,” said Pritchard.

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