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Fort Hood Press Center
DATE: June 28, 2013 9:52:01 AM CDT

48th Chemical Brigade change of command ceremony

48th Chemical Brigade change of command ceremony


FORT HOOD, Texas – The 48th Chemical Brigade will hold a Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony in honor of the outgoing command team, Col. Maria T. Zumwalt and Command Sgt. Maj.  Kenneth M. Graham and the incoming command team, Col. Sven C. Erichsen and Command Sgt. Maj. Kendall I. Owens II at 9 a.m. July 2 on the Division West Parade Field here.

The Change of Command Ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of King Frederick the Great of Prussia.  During this time, organizational flags were developed with colored arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit.  To this flag, as well as the commander, Soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust. 

When a Change of Command was to take place, the outgoing Commander would pass the flag to the incoming Commander.  This gesture was accomplished in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new Commander assuming their dutiful position. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history and will be performed during the Change of Command Ceremony this morning.

Media desiring to cover the event should register with Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO by noon July 1 by email at [email protected] or 254-288-7342. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate satellite trucks for this event. A Public Affairs representative will meet the media at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center south side parking lot at 8:00 a.m. July 2, to escort them on post.




For more information contact:
13 ESC Public Affairs
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
(254) 288-7342
(254) 288-6410
Bldg. 39009, Support Ave.
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]