194th Brigade change of command
Col. Kevin S. MacWatters (not pictured) relinqueshed command of the 194th Armored Brigade to Col. Scott D. King during a change of command ceremony June 25 at Brave Rifles Field.

FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 3, 2013) -- Col. Scott D. King assumed command of the 194th Infantry Brigade from Col. Kevin S. MacWatters during a change of command ceremony June 25 at Brave Rifles Field.

"Col. King will continue the visionary, caring and principled leadership of Col. MacWatters as we improve our organization to ensure that our Soldiers -- Infantrymen, Cavalrymen, tankers, mechanics, and Soldiers from other specialties represented in the ranks today -- are prepared to fight and win under all conditions of combat," said Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, MCoE commanding general and reviewing officer.

McMaster said MacWatters led the brigade through the integration of new training techniques, new technology, graduating its first female Soldiers and overall combat effectiveness. He also thanked MacWatters' wife, Jan, for her support to Soldiers and their Families.

King, who previously was interim commandant of the Armor School, said he was proud to take on new challenges as commander of the brigade.

"The Army has big plans for us as we continue to change and evolve and meet the world's demands," King said. "This is a great brigade in that we have the Infantry and Armor together."

King thanked his Family, friends and mentors who traveled to the ceremony. He also thanked MacWatters and other leaders for serving as an example over the past year.

"I feel very fortunate and honored to serve with you, I'm excited to join you and continue efforts to produce the next generation of Soldiers that are Army strong," he said. "Thank you for the opportunity and privilege this past year for Debbie and me to watch your professional organizations up close and personally, with special thanks to Kevin for opening up the brigade and allowing me to participate in brigade events and ensuring a smooth transition."

MacWatters said he felt confident that he was leaving the brigade in good hands.

"To Scott and Debbie, we are very happy to turn over this great brigade to such wonderful people, we wish you and Family all the best," he said. "We've seen how prepared you are and we know you're going to do great."

McWatters' next assignment is Afghanistan.

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