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834th ASB receives new leadership

The 834th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB) welcomed a new commander at a Change of Command Ceremony in St Paul, Minn on Nov 15  Lt. Col. Eric Waage, the outgoing 834th ASB Commander, passed the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Michael Taff, the incoming commander, signifying the beginning of a new chapter in the battalion story

“I am proud to have been part of such an effective unit, filled with these outstanding people, during an important period in our nation's history,” Lt Col Waage said 

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Under Lt. Col. Waage’s leadership, the 834th ASB received the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award following its deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of Task Force 34 from Aug 2008 to May 2009

“I am particularly proud of the reputation that the 834th built in Iraq for tirelessly finding solutions to any strange and difficult logistical problems that impacted those units we supported,” Lt. Col. Waage continued

Throughout his time in command, Lt. Col. Waage left a lasting impression on those he worked with

“I learned a lot from Lt. Col. Waage, he has many qualities that a leader should have,” said Cpt Daniel Dobler, Headquarters Support Company 834th ASB Commander  “He was a very good listener and was able to absorb a great deal of information, process it and come out with very logical and sound plans”

Cpt Dobler feels Lt. Col. Taff will also be a great leader and great fit for the battalion, because he is familiar with the 834th ASB from his previous full time job as the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) Officer in Charge, and also from the deployment where he was the 34th CAB Executive Officer

“Lt Col Taff brings strong leadership abilities to the unit, and also his knowledge of the battalion and what it is capable of doing will also make him a strong battalion commander,” Cpt Dobler said 

Lt Col Waage also has faith that Lt. Col. Taff will succeed

“I've known Lt. Col. Taff for many years and have a great deal of respect for him,” Lt. Col. Waage said  “I know he is really motivated to do some great things during his tenure, so I am very happy that the unit will be in such capable hands  He will make a superb battalion commander”

Lt Col Taff is ready to put his stamp on the 834th ASB

“I had been watching this organization for some time and have noted the challenges that organization faced The diverse mission sets of the battalion have always intrigued me,” Lt. Col. Taff said  “My first focus will be to ensure that the right leadership is in the right positions as we now assume a new mission set supporting state active duty demands”

Lt Col Taff is excited to use this command as a stepping stone in his career to eventually move upward in the state and the Army 

“This will hopefully pave the way for US Army War College and ultimately a Colonel position,” Lt. Col. Taff said

 Both, incoming and outgoing commanders are proud of where the 834th ASB has been and look forward to what the future holds

Lt Col Waage now works with Joint Force Headquarters as the Director of Joint Doctrine, Training and Force Development, which coincides with his full-time National Guard position

By Sgt Jodi Krause
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
15 Nov 2009





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