By Maj. Juan Martinez
The 3rd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) held a Change of Command Ceremony August 6, 2022. The ceremony was presided over by Brig. Gen. David M. Samuelsen, commander, 98th Training Command (IET). Niagara Falls served as the scenic backdrop for the ceremony.
Col. Christopher J. Niewind relinquished his command to Col. Antonio (Tony) Martinez by the passing of the colors. The passing of the colors symbolizes the relinquishment of command by the outgoing commander and the assumption of command for the incoming commander.
After a two-year tenure commanding the 3rd Brigade, Niewind led nearly 500 troops in three battalions supporting multiple training missions to include Task Force Marshall (TFM), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Basic Combat Training (BCT).
Martinez assumed command of the 3rd Brigade, following his assignment as the G3 Air Operations Officer/CAPT Chief under the 352nd Civil Affairs Command. His assignments include commander of the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) and deputy commander of the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade.