Marquez takes command of PTA

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez (center) accepts command of USAG-Pohakula from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Jacob Peterson (left), Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez (center) accepts command of USAG-Pohakula from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Jacob Peterson (left), Wednesday.

U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa
Public Affairs

 

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — Braving chilly, sometimes heavy rain, members of the Big Island community and a large contingent of Army VIPs filled the post theater almost to capacity to welcome incoming U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa commander Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez and bid farewell to Lt. Col. Jacob Peterson at a change of command ceremony, Wednesday.

Marquez assumed command on PTA after a deployment to Grafenwoehr, Germany, where he organized and synchronized Theater Security Cooperation training in the Baltic and Black Sea regions. During the ceremony, he accepted the unique challenge of working at the remote post. He thanked the community for its support and the PTA staff for their enthusiastic welcome to his new command.

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Outgoing commander Lt. Col. Jacob A. Peterson thanks local community members and military colleagues for their support during his time at PTA.

PTA is an important training area, and while run by the Army, it is a joint training environment that has grown in mission over the past 15 years.

“The PTA commander’s challenge is to involve the community through communication, learning and understanding,” Col. Richard Fromm, commander, USAG-Hawaii said. “With that framework, everyone gains a perspective and learns from each other. By doing so, we cultivate an environment of mutual respect.”

When he took command, Peterson’s friends all congratulated him on the assignment, assuming he’d spend the next two years surfing and hunting, but it didn’t turn out that way. During his tenure, the difficult task of organizing and improving the facilities and ranges fell to him.

“It was more important for me to ensure our warfighters had the best training facility (than enjoying the island’s many recreational activities),” Peterson said.

Peterson, who commanded PTA since June 2014, also singled out and thanked members of Combat Logistics Battalion 3 who were also in attendance at the ceremony. The battalion is a Marine Corps construction unit that provided significant support.

Peterson was praised by a local hunters’ group that took the time to go through channels and surprise him with a name plaque, destined to go up at a designated hunting spot to be know henceforth as “Peterson’s Post,” complete with proper signage.

From left, Col. Richard A. Fromm, commander, USAG-HI and reviewing officer for the change of command; Lt. Col. Christopher M. Marquez, incoming commander, USAG-Pohakuloa; and outgoing PTA commander Lt. Col. Jacob A. Petersen.

From left, Col. Richard A. Fromm, commander, USAG-HI and reviewing officer for the change of command; Lt. Col. Christopher M. Marquez, incoming commander, USAG-Pohakuloa; and outgoing PTA commander Lt. Col. Jacob A. Petersen.

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