Historic change of command part of 94th AAMDC legacy

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
A4 THAAD Commander Capt. Cesar Torres and Task Force Talon Commander Lt. Col. Clyde S. Cochrane III brief U.S. Army Pacific Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks during his visit to the unit at Andersen AFB, Guam, in August of 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

A4 THAAD Commander Capt. Cesar Torres and Task Force Talon Commander Lt. Col. Clyde S. Cochrane III brief U.S. Army Pacific Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks during his visit to the unit at Andersen AFB, Guam, in August of 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Karry James, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Alpha Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery (A-4 ADA), a Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) unit out of Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted an extraordinary change of command ceremony, Jan. 14.

The unit is deployed to Guam and working with Task Force Talon under the command and control of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter in Hawaii.

“This marks a significant milestone in Army Air Defense history because it’s the first THAAD change of command conducted in a deployed environment,” said Lt. Col. Clyde Cochrane, commander, Task Force Talon, 94th AAMDC.

Capt. Cesar Torres relinquished command to Capt. Juan Remy.

Torres commanded the THAAD battery for more than a year and says that being a part of a historic deployment will be a cornerstone of his Army career.

“I am truly honored and lucky to have been the commander of A-4 THAAD,” Torres said. “During our deployment, we faced so many challenges since this is the first time THAAD has been operationally deployed, but thanks to the perseverance, hard work and dedication of all the officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers in the unit, our mission accomplishment to this date has been flawless.”

Torres will be moving on to the Brigade Modernization Command located at Fort Bliss, Texas.

“I will never forget this experience, and I’m truly grateful for the trust and confidence of my commanding officers,” Torres said. “I hope in their eyes my unit met and exceeded their expectations.”

“As the THAAD force continues to expand in the future, there will be many commanders who may have the same opportunity to deploy their battery in response to aggression, but Capt. Torres will always be remembered as the first one,” Cochrane said. “Capt. Torres has set the standard for all future THAAD commanders.”

Cochrane added that Remy will be taking charge of a highly trained, motivated professional unit.

“It is a privilege and honor to command such reputable Soldiers,” said Remy. “I’ve been told that these Soldiers are the most proficient, efficient and lethal warriors on the THAAD system in the world.”

Remy arrived to Guam after completing an assignment with 1-7 ADA Battalion, 108th ADA Brigade out of North Carolina. He was nominated and selected to take command of the A-4 THAAD unit by Brig. Gen. James Dickinson, commander, 32nd AAMDC.

The ceremony included the Army’s time-honored tradition of handing over the unit’s guidon from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. Taking the guidon from Torres is a gesture from Remy that he will honor the traditions, values and Soldiers that the guidon represents.

“Remember that change is an inherent part of the military, whether it be an individual, a unit or a mission,” Cochrane told the crowd attending the event. “Soldiers continue to Soldier on.”

Many of the joint partners and civilian support network located in Guam came out to witness the ceremony as a display of camaraderie shared between forces.

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