‘Ready and Able’ Battalion welcomes new leader

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Dragomir Marinkovich (left), incoming commander, 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, accepts the command colors from Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, during a change of command ceremony, May 18.

Lt. Col. Dragomir Marinkovich (left), incoming commander, 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, accepts the command colors from Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, during a change of command ceremony, May 18.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Joseph Vine
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFER FLATS — Lt. Col. Dragomir Marinkovich took command of the 411th Engineer Battalion, 9th Mission Support Command, from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Samuel Membrere, during a ceremony, here, May 18.

Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers, family members, retirees and guests gathered for the ceremony presided over by Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC.

The unit colors were passed from Membrere to Marinkovich.

Marinkovich, a prior enlisted Soldier with 25 years of service, spoke with nostalgia after he took command of the battalion.

“I remember my first battalion formation,” he said. “I was a private first class, and it was a very humbling experience for me.”

“Fast forward 25 years, and I am equally humbled to be given the opportunity to command the 411th Eng. Bn. Not only am I humbled, but also honored to be selected to lead a battalion with such a long history of success. I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue those successes and to forage new ones.”

Cardwell welcomed Marinkovich and his family to the 411th Eng. Bn. and the 9th MSC.

“Soldiers of the 411th,” Cardwell exclaimed, “you are gaining one heck of a commander. Lt. Col. Marinkovich is a combat proven leader and a great engineer. He has excelled in leadership positions as a platoon leader, executive officer, company commander and operations officer.”

Marinkovich has been on five overseas training missions and one deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during his Army Reserve career. He holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering, and currently serves as an associate dean in the School of Technology and Applied Sciences at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He also holds a total of 13 patents.

Cardwell charged Marinkovich for the well-being of the Soldiers in the 411th Eng. Bn.

“Take care of their needs, train them for the challenges ahead and continue to build on their great legacy,” he said. “For everything we do, it is all about these great Soldiers, for it is upon their deeds that all of us as leaders must depend for our success.”

Marinkovich commended his predecessor during the ceremony, acknowledging that he had some very big shoes to fill. He congratulated Membrere on a job well done during his three-year stint as commander.

Membrere will continue to serve in the Pacific Army Reserve and was recently selected to attend the resident U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

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