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Change of Command in New Ulm

After an historic deployment to Iraq, a three-month extension, a 30, 60, and 90-day reintegration academy and a lot of hard work all along the way, the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Soldiers bid farewell to their old commander and welcomed in a new one Lt. Col. John Kolb passed command of the unit to Lt. Col. Robert Larsen in a Change of Command ceremony Jan 12 at the New Ulm Armory

Both commanders deployed with the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team to Iraq, and both have extensive experience in Field Artillery units

During the period when Lt. Col. Kolb commanded the battalion, the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery had to drastically transform their mission capabilities in order to accomplish the goals of the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team

"We had to go from a standard artillery battalion that was in direct support of an infantry brigade to a maneuver task force," said Kolb "We retooled the battalion from top to bottom"

Indeed, the battalion had a mission in Iraq that was far different from their normal mission Now that the unit is home, the new commander is focused on getting the battalion back to its traditional training and operating missions

"The artillery is an adaptive force that can perform multiple missions," said Larsen "My focus is to get this organization back on the Howitzers"

Lt. Col. Larsen communicated his excitement to get the battalion training on the new M109A6 Paladins "(It) is a very agile and adaptive Howitzer system; probably one of the more modern weapon systems in the United States Army arsenal"

With the evolving situation in the Global War on Terror, Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery will no doubt be asked to complete their traditional missions, as well as missions that are specific to the combat environment With their old leadership, they met those tasks with dedication With their new leadership, they will continue to carry on those missions with the same fervor and expertise

By Sgt Joe Roos, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Jan 12, 2007
After an historic deployment to Iraq, a three-month extension, a 30, 60, and 90-day reintegration academy and a lot of hard work all along the way, the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Soldiers bid farewell to their old commander and welcomed in a new one.
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Photo Gallery: Jan. 12, 1-125th Field Artillery Change of Command Ceremony in New Ulm, Minn.



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