Change of command will be its last stand

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Col. Mitchell H. Fridley, the outgoing commander of the of the 3rd Brigade (PD), 104th Training Division (LT) replaced Col. Richard L. Farnsworth during the ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Darrell Guthrie, commanding general of the 104th Training Division (LT)  Photo by Cpt. Lawrence K. Carmack 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs

SALEM, Va. — Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade (Professional Development), 104th Training Division (Leader Training) hailed a new commander and bid farewell to another during a Change of Command ceremony May 21, 2016, at the PFC Cloyse E. Hall USAR Center.

Col. Mitchell H. Fridley, the outgoing commander of the of the 3rd Brigade (PD), 104th Training Division (LT) replaced Col. Richard L. Farnsworth during the ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Darrell Guthrie, commanding general of the 104th Training Division (LT) 

The change of command ceremony is a time honored tradition of great importance to the units and their soldiers. It signifies the end of one’s successful command and the beginning of something new, through the passing of the colors, during which the outgoing to the incoming commander. .

The change of command ceremony is a time honored tradition of great importance to the units and their soldiers. It signifies the end of one’s successful command and the beginning of something new, through the passing of the colors, during which the outgoing to the incoming commander.

Fridley is charged with leading the brigade, which has battalions from Maine to Puerto Rico, in supporting and training the next generations of officers in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. The brigade is directly responsible for educating and training more than 12,000 second lieutenants for commissioning and leadership roles through the Leader Development and Assessment Course in the ranks of the U.S. Army.

Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade (Professional Development), 104th Training Division (Leader Training) hailed a new commander and bid farewell to another during a Change of Command ceremony May 21, 2016, at the PFC Cloyse E. Hall USAR Center. Photo by Cpt. Lawrence K. Carmack 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs

“I’m very grateful to Col. Farnsworth for the excellent brigade he is turning over to me. The Soldiers and leaders of the 3rd Brigade have made huge strides in the last two years”, said Fridley. “I will continue to focus on taking care of Soldiers.”

Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade (Professional Development), 104th Training Division (Leader Training) hailed a new commander and bid farewell to another during a Change of Command ceremony May 21, 2016, at the PFC Cloyse E. Hall USAR Center. Photo by Cpt. Lawrence K. Carmack 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs

Col. Fridley will be the last commander of the unit, due to pending reformation. Not only will brigades within the 104th will be aligned with the Army Training Centers that our Soldiers support, whether it is Basic Combat Training, One Station Unit Training, Reception Battalion, Training Committee Augmentation, or Cadet Summer Training.

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