New commander takes reins of ‘Wings of Lightning’ Brigade

| October 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

Story and Photo by 
Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division 

Maj. Brian Watkins (on field at left), executive officer and commander of troops, 25th CAB, 25th ID, salutes Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (on reviewing stand, center), commander, 25th ID; Col. Mike Lundy (right), outgoing commander, 25th CAB; and Col. Frank Tate, incoming commander; during the “Wings of Lightning” Bde. change of command on Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, Oct. 21. Lundy relinquished command to Tate during the ceremony. WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The changing of command is one of the oldest Army traditions and is a significant event in a unit’s history, marking new beginnings for not only the unit, but the incoming and outgoing commanders.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, recently completed a series of battalion and squadron changes of command, beginning the second week of October and culminating in the changing of the CAB’s top leadership position. 

The “Wings of Lightning” Brigade welcomed its new commander, Oct. 21.

Col. Mike Lundy relinquished command of the 25th CAB to Col. Frank Tate, who formerly commanded the 2nd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, during the ceremony.

“For the past two years, the Wings of Lightning have flourished under the peerless leadership of Col. Mike Lundy,” said Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID, who served as the reviewing officer. “He has a passion for Soldiers, for their families, for soldiering, for flying and for Army aviation. 

“Lundy is a warrior, a … leader and an aggressive combat leader who thrives in the most complex and demanding environments,” he said. “You can give Col. Lundy the most difficult missions and tasks, and you know they will be accomplished, beyond all expectations, regardless of the challenge or personal hardship.

“Col. Lundy commands the best (CAB) in the U.S Army because of your hard work and leadership, and because he is the best aviation brigade commander in the Army,” Champoux said, to the troops on the field. 

“On the field today stands a true team of teams, (which is) focused with the singular purpose of providing the very best attack, reconnaissance, assault, medical evacuation and heavy-lift aviation support to our Soldiers on the ground,” Lundy said. “They are the best at what they do … because of who they are as Soldiers and citizens of our nation. They exemplify everything that is great about our Army.

“They are selfless, courageous, mission-focused and dedicated to the higher calling of serving our country, and protecting and serving their comrades on the (battlefield),” Lundy said, who has served in multiple command positions within the 25th CAB.

“When I stand in front of this stage today — 

after the colors have passed, the speeches are complete and when these magnificent Soldiers pass in review, I will certainly have a hole in my heart,” he said. “I want each of the Soldiers and leaders on the field today to know that I am very proud to have been counted amongst your ranks.”

For Tate and his family, it is once again time to serve with the Wings of Lightning.

“Having deployed multiple times with this great division and brigade, I know well the rich history of extraordinary service and sacrifice that proceeds this day,” Tate said. “The Soldiers on this field, and those that went before them, have written a tale of honor and glory. As the division song says, ‘We can always add another story.’

“I am very proud to rejoin your ranks as we train for the challenges ahead in Afghanistan,” he said. “I ask only for your loyalty and the continuation of the high standards and professionalism that have proven to be your hallmark. I can assure you that we will continue to live up to the motto of the 25th Avn. Regt., ‘Lele Makou No Na Puali’ — ‘We fly for the troops!’” 

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  1. Lola Leila Keller says:

    Where we can get in touch with Major General Bernard Champoux ?
    Thank you
    Leila Lola

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