205th MI bids farewell to battalion commander Cogbill

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. James B. Cogbill passes the battalion colors in a change of commander ceremony at the historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, July 7. Cogbill relinquishes his command to Lt. Col. Wayne E. Prince after serving two years as commander of the 205th MI Bn., 500th MIB-T. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. James B. Cogbill passes the battalion colors in a change of commander ceremony at the historic Palm Circle . Cogbill relinquishes his command to Lt. Col. Wayne E. Prince after serving two years as commander of the 205th MI Bn., 500th MIB-T.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley
500th Military Intelligence Brigade
Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — All good things must come to an end, so the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade-Theater (MIB-T), bid farewell to its outgoing battalion commander, Lt. Col James B. Cogbill, and welcomed incoming battalion commander, Lt. Col Wayne E. Prince, in a change of command ceremony at the historic Palm Circle, here, July 7.

Cogbill had served in command of the 205th MI Bn. for two years with tenacity, distinction, honor and genuine concern for the leaders and Soldiers of his formations, and he led the battalion to many great achievements on several levels.

The time came for him to pass the torch over to the one who will continue on with the traditions and legacy he leaves behind as he moves on to even greater things.

“As I look back on the past two years, what I’m most proud of is working so closely with so many of you through counseling and leader development and helping to influence the development of the future of our Army,” said Cogbill.

“Many of you demonstrate that potential to soar to the highest ranks of our Army, and I’m so happy that I was able to be there for part of your careers, and hopefully provide you an example, or offer one of many tools that you will add to your leaders’ kit bag,” he said. “I’ll be happy to say that I knew you when.”

Prince was previously assigned to U.S. Forces Korea J3, Yongsan, where he served as the Combined-Joint Fires Element’s Chief of Targeting. He has joined the Pacific Vanguard ohana with the experience and expectation to continue to lead the way for the battalion.

Cogbill will move on with his family to serve as the deputy G2 of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

“He is a leader of character, exemplifies the servant-leader model, and always projects a calm and collected command presence,” said Maj. Jay T. Bao, executive officer, 715th MI Bn. “He has demonstrated the importance of being grounded by principles while effectively driving the battalion towards being a values-driven organization fulfilling the unit’s core purpose.”

“The time has come for me to pass the torch,” said Cogbill. “I am very happy to be able to pass the torch to a true leader of character, experience and wisdom who will continue to lead you to even greater achievements. Wayne, you are a lucky man to be able to lead Soldiers and civilians such as these. They will not let you down.”

In his final closing remarks, Cogbill said, “Mahalo for an amazing two years and for your relentless effort to ensure our Army in the Pacific has always remained vigilant … ready.”

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