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Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers from across U.S. Army-Pacific gathered at Palm Circle, here, to bid farewell to a seasoned leader and welcome a new commander during the change of command for USARPAC’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, July 26.
Lt. Col. Allen Cassell, who has served as the battalion’s commander for the last two years, relinquished command to Lt. Col. Jonathan Beasley.
Maj. Gen. Roger Mathews, deputy commander, USARPAC, hosted the ceremony and praised Cassell for his service with the battalion.
“Headquarter and Headquarters Battalion is like the nucleus of this great unit,” Mathews said. “It is a great place to serve, and I have been impressed as you planned more than 20 missions, deploying more than 100 Soldiers each time.”
Cassell welcomed Beasley into the position of commander and graciously thanked his former troops for their hard work and dedication during his time in command, which he described as, “one of the most active, challenged and engaged units in the U.S. Army.”
Beasley joins the USARPAC family after three years of serving as the professor of military science and leadership at his alma mater, the University of Toledo.
In addressing his Soldiers for the first time, Beasley rallied them with words of appreciation.
“I am humbled and truly honored to serve alongside you for the next two years,” he said.