Warrior Brigade changes leaders

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Officers marching toward camera.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
(From left) Col. Thomas Mackey, former commander, 2nd SBCT; 25th ID, Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, 25th ID; and Col. David Womack, commander, 2nd SBCT, return to the reviewing stand after Womack has accepted command of the Warrior Brigade, Monday.

Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Col. David B. Womack accepted the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, colors and reigns of command from Col. Thomas H. Mackey in a ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander 25th ID, on Weyand Field, here, Monday.

“The Soldiers of 2nd Brigade can be confident that they have an outstanding new commander,” Flynn said. “(He’s) a leader of character and commitment who I am certain will lead the brigade to even higher standards of excellence and achievement. Col. Womack, we all look forward to serving with you.”

In his parting words to the brigade, Mackey thanked the Soldiers for all of their hard work for the duration of his command.

“Nothing in the last two years would have been possible without the talented Soldiers of the Warrior Brigade giving their all for each other every day,” Mackey said. “My job today is to honor them and thank them for the sacrifices they have made to serve and defend our nation. If I were to sum up the Warrior Brigade in one word, it is commitment. When you look back at the last two years, these Soldiers have delivered on all of their commitments.”

Mackey commanded the Warrior Brigade for two years, during which time he led the Soldiers and their families through many triumphs. 2nd SBCT Soldiers won the Army Best Ranger Competition, the Army’s Maintenance Excellence Award, the Connelly Cup for Best Dining Facility, and have produced the highest Ranger graduation rate out of all the Army’s Stryker brigades.

Warriors conducted the first artillery live fire and combined arms live-fire exercises on Oahu in more than a decade during Mackey’s tenure and led the division in NCOs inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.

The largest and most complex event during Mackey’s reign was the recent rotation to the National Training Center, a deployment the brigade made with only 88 days from the official notification in Hawaii until boots were on the ground in California. 2nd SBCT spent six weeks training in the Mojave Desert, highlighted by a rare, decisive action rotation defensive victory in the force-on-force action.

Flynn recalled the first time he met Mackey shortly after he took command of the 25th ID in May. Flynn went to NTC to see how his Stryker brigade was faring.

“One thing was clearly evident to me upon seeing (Mackey’s) face and the look in his eyes,” Flynn said. “He could train, he could fight and he knew it. It’s a look only experience brings. At that very moment, I knew those Soldiers and leaders in that formation were well trained, disciplined and well led.”

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