8th STB combines official ‘aloha’ with change of command

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman (front right), outgoing commander, 8th STB, 8th TSC, passes the battalion colors to Col. Glenn Grothe (front left), chief of staff, 8th TSC, signifying his relinquishment of command to Lt. Col. Mark Parsons, July 10.

Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman (front right), outgoing commander, 8th STB, 8th TSC, passes the battalion colors to Col. Glenn Grothe (front left), chief of staff, 8th TSC, signifying his relinquishment of command to Lt. Col. Mark Parsons, July 10. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson,  8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — The 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, officially welcomed a new command team during a combined change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at Palm Circle, here, July 10.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Mark Parsons took command of the 8th STB from Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman, as Command Sgt. Maj. James Shuman simultaneously took responsibility of the unit from Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Jr.

FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman (right), outgoing commander, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, passes the battalion colors to Col. Glenn Grothe (left), chief of staff, 8th TSC, signifying his relinquishment of command to Lt. Col. Mark Parsons (center) during a combined change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at Palm Circle, here, July 10. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Phillis McMiller, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman (right), outgoing commander, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, passes the battalion colors to Col. Glenn Grothe (left), chief of staff, 8th TSC, signifying his relinquishment of command to Lt. Col. Mark Parsons (center) during a combined change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at Palm Circle, here, July 10. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Phillis McMiller, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

As home to the 8th TSC headquarters’ personnel and general staff, the STB’s success depends on a command team that fosters cooperation and teamwork between three echelons of leadership while ensuring personnel, equipment and mission readiness remain paramount, said Col. Glenn Grothe, the 8th TSC chief of staff and host of the ceremony.

“Lt. Col. Goodman has served the Soldiers of 8th STB with unparalleled vigor, enthusiasm and optimism for the future of this organization,” he said. “Command Sgt. Maj. Tia is an outstanding motivator, whose enduring pride and contagious enthusiasm in the Noncommissioned Officer Corps has sparked a fire in the hearts and minds of our NCOs.”

Grothe credited the team for doing a tremendous job in leading an organization with 10 colonels, 31 lieutenant colonels and 16 sergeants major.

“But what’s more important than the numbers of senior leaders is what these numbers demonstrate,” he said. “This command team has effectively led its peers in a tough and demanding environment with constant competing requirements.”

During its tenure, the STB enabled the expansion of the 8th TSC’s expeditionary capabilities through multiple theater-level exercises that demonstrated the unit’s ability to rapidly respond with its forward command post and serve as the lead on logistics in the Pacific theater.

Goodman began his remarks with praise and applause for the formation of 8th STB Soldiers on the field, all wearing their Army Service Uniforms.

He said, “This is going to be one of those historic photos one day, befitting of a two-star headquarters.”

FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. Mark Parsons (at left, left), incoming commander, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command; Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman (at left, center), outgoing commander, 8th STB; and Col. Glenn Grothe (at left, right), chief of staff, 8th TSC, conduct the traditional inspection of troops during the unit's combined change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at Palm Circle, here, July 10. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. Mark Parsons (at left, left), incoming commander, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command; Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman (at left, center), outgoing commander, 8th STB; and Col. Glenn Grothe (at left, right), chief of staff, 8th TSC, conduct the traditional inspection of troops during the unit’s combined change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at Palm Circle, here, July 10. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

He also credited his teammate, Tia, with making the STB’s growth and success throughout their two years in command possible. He said that from building a NCO Corps that Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC, assessed as the best he has ever seen, to ensuring that the newest private out on gate guard was trained and thirsting to be one of those NCOs, Tia has proven himself to be the epitome of all that is right about the Army.

Goodman ensured Parsons that the STB is “a disciplined, trained and professional team ready to follow yours and Command Sgt. Maj. Shuman’s lead without question.”

Parsons spent the past year as the 8th TSC’s G5 plans chief, and Shuman most recently served in the 21st TSC in Germany.

“I am thrilled, honored and humbled to take command,” Parsons said. “Command Sgt. Maj. Shuman and I will work to build on your successes.”

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