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Authority is passed to new 1-194 commander

The Change of Command Ceremony is a time honored tradition dating back to biblical times; it signifies the passing of authority from one commander to the next and allows the troops a chance to see their new commander vested with the authority to give orders

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The 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor held their own Change of Command Ceremony at Camp Ripley on April 30, 2010 as Lt. Col. Robert Intress passed his command authority to Maj Brian Melton

“During the past thirteen months this battalion has been on the cutting edge of local, state and national missions,” said Intress  “You have done your duty with willingness and enthusiasm”

Intress served as the battalion commander for just short of three years before passing the torch to Melton

“To the Soldiers of this great battalion, without your service, sacrifice and dedication to duty all that this battalion has achieved would not be possible,” said Intress as he addressed the troops in his farewell remarks  “Maj Melton you are taking command of the undeniable best battalion in the State of Minnesota  One that leads the way in everything it does  The Officers, NCO’s and Soldiers are second to none”

Melton comes to the battalion after serving as the Assistant S-3 for the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division

“It is with great pleasure, pride and integrity that I take command of the 1-194 Combined Arms Battalion today,” said Melton during his speech as he took command  “We will train hard, we will fight hard and command excellence from our Soldiers but above all we will always have the back of our fellow Soldiers”

The 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor has a proud heritage and strong ties to World War II and always closes with the words “Remember Bataan, Never Forget” to honor their fellow Soldiers who participated in the infamous Bataan Death March

By 1st Lt Kenneth Toole
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
April 30, 2010

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