95th Change of Command

11/21/2018  |  By Calley Hair Staff Writer
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U.S. Army Col. Heather Reuter, the incoming commander of 2nd Brigade (Initial Entry Training), 95th Division (Institutional Training), passes the organizational colors to U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj Marc Kersey, the unit’s senior enlisted noncommissioned officer, during their change-of-command ceremony Sep. 9, 2019 in Vancouver, Wash. The passing of the unit’s colors is a tradition that symbolizes the transition of the outgoing commander’s authority, responsibility and unit heritage to the incoming commander. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden/released

First published in the Columbian, September 12, 2018

Col. Heather A. Reuter took command of the 2nd Brigade, 95th Division of the U.S. Army Reserve following a change of command ceremony Sunday morning at Fort Vancouver.

She took over the position from Col. Thomas Olsen, who served in the role for two years.

The U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Fort Knox, Ky., chose Reuter to serve as commander, Lt. Col. Eric Walstrom said.

“She was available and qualified for the position,” Walstrom said Monday, adding that the Human Resources Command decided that “she’d be the best fit for the command.”

Commissioned 22 years ago from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Reuter had previously held commands with Headquarters Company, 419th Quartermaster Battalion; 316th Quartermaster Company, which she led in Iraq from 2003 to 2004; and the 418th Quartermaster Battalion.

Reuter’s awards include the Meritorious Unit Commendation, a Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, an Army Commendation Medal with three leaf clusters and an Army Achievement Medal with two leaf clusters.

U.S. Army Col. Heather Reuter, right, the new commander of 2nd Brigade (Initial Entry Training), 95th Division (Institutional Training), shakes hands with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford, left, the commanding general of the 95th Division (IT), after delivering her remarks during the unit’s change-of-command ceremony Sep. 9, 2019 in Vancouver, Wash. Reuter formally assumed command from U.S. Army Col. Thomas Olsen, center, during the ceremony, which included military traditions such as an inspection and review of soldiers and the passing of the organizational colors.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden/released

She’s also the director of engineering at a private San Diego aerospace firm.

The change of command ceremony was held at the Vancouver Barracks parade field. Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, commanding general of the 108th Training Command in Charlotte, N.C., and Brig. Gen. R. Andrew Bassford, commanding general of the 95th Division in Fort Sill, Okla., presided over the ceremony.

Following his tenure, Olsen will serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region X Military Liaison Officer, supporting disaster relief for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The transition came at a natural point in his career.

“Officers usually hold the position for two years, then are eligible for another position,” Walstrom said.

Prior to his time in Vancouver, Olsen had attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and served abroad in Germany and Iraq. His awards include the Purple Heart Medal, a Bronze Star Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with three leaf clusters, an Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

The 2nd Brigade (Initial Entry Training), 95th Division (Institutional Training), present their organizational colors alongside the American flag as part of the passing of the colors portion of their unit’s change-of-command ceremony Sep. 9, 2019 in Vancouver, Wash. The passing of the unit’s colors is a military tradition that symbolizes the transition of the outgoing commander’s authority, responsibility and unit heritage to the incoming commander. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden/released
U.S. Army Col. Heather Reuter assumes command of the 2nd Brigade (Initial Entry Training), 95th Division (Institutional Training), from U.S. Army Col. Thomas Olsen on Sep. 9, 2019 in Vancouver, Wash. The change-of-command ceremony included longstanding military-traditions such as the final inspection and review of soldiers by the outgoing commander and the passing of the organizational colors to the incoming commander. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden/released U.S. Army Col. Heather Reuter, the new commander of 2nd Brigade (Initial Entry Training), 95th Division (Institutional Training), listens to the reviewing officer of the unit’s change of command ceremony give his remarks Sep. 9, 2019 in Vancouver, Wash. Reuter formally assumed command from U.S. Army Col. Thomas Olsen during the ceremony, which included military traditions such as an inspection and review of soldiers and the passing of the organizational colors. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden/released

 

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