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41st Fires Brigade changes command

Email   Print   Share By Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, 41st Fires Bde., PAO
October 15, 2009 | News
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(From left to right) Colonel J.T. Thomson, incoming 41st Fires Bde. commander, Col. Dick Francey, outgoing 41st Fires Bde. commander, Maj. Ryan Remley, 41st Fires Bde. commander of troops, and Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, inspect the troops during the brigade’s change-of-command ceremonies Oct. 8 at Cameron Field. Staff Sgt. Mark Albright, 7th MPAD
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Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, passes command of the 41st Fires Bde. to Col. J.T. Thomson. Staff Sgt. Mark Albright, 7th MPAD
Col. J.T. Thomson took command of the 41st Fires Brigade Oct. 8 from Col. Dick Francey in a change-of-command ceremony at Cameron Field. Lieutenant General Robert Cone, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, was the reviewing officer for the ceremony and passed the brigade’s colors to the incoming commander.

The last thing that Francey did before relinquishing his command was to oversee the changes of command of two battalion commanders.

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Bush relinquished command of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment to Lt. Col. Brian Hammer and Lt. Col. Leafaina Yahn relinquished command of the 589th Brigade Support Battalion to Lt. Col. Patrick Curran.

“When I say this, I truly mean it; if I were to select anyone in our Army to replace me and Beth, it would be J.T. and Holly,” Francey said of the incoming commander. “To the brigade, my promise to you is this is like Allstate Insurance; trust me, you are in good hands.”

Francey thanked all of the community supporters, volunteers, families and Soldiers for their support of the brigade during his 988 days in command.

“To the true heavy-lifters of the brigade; the company grades, warrants, NCOs and Soldiers of the Rail Gunner Team, and before I continue I have to recognize my battle-buddy, the finest NCO in our Army today and my best friend, Command Sergeant Major Kelvin Hughes,” Francey said. “You have all amazed me for each and every one of the 988 days.”

Thomson takes command of the brigade after its return from its deployment to Iraq in August.

“Dick is like a big brother to me,” Thomson said of the outgoing commander, “I am honored to follow him, sustaining the care and leadership of our Soldiers and families so rightfully deserve; Dick and Beth, you will be forever remembered in the rolls of the brigade and we wish you the best.”

The 41st Fires Bde. is currently resetting from its deployment and will soon be focusing on training the brigade to integrate accurate, timely and decisive fires in support of full spectrum operations.
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