• FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Col. R.J. Lillibridge, the outgoing commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives on final heart-filled speech to the Soldiers of the brigade during a change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., August 1, 2013. Col. Lillibridge passed his responsibility and authority of the 3BCT Soldiers to Col. J.B. Vowell, the incoming Commander of 3BCT. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3BCT Public Affairs)

    Rakkasans leadership changes out

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Col. R.J. Lillibridge, the outgoing commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives on final heart-filled speech to the Soldiers of the brigade during a change of command ceremony...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Commander of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, passes the 3rd Brigade Combat Team colors to Col. J.B. Vowell, the incoming Commander of 3BCT, during a change of command ceremony, August 1, 2013. The passing of the colors signifies the outgoing commander relinquishing authority over the troops so the incoming commander can assume command over the Soldiers. The colors were passed to Gen. Stammer by Col. R.J. Lillibridge, the outgoing commander of 3BCT. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3BCT Public Affairs)

    Rakkasans leadership changes out

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Commander of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, passes the 3rd Brigade Combat Team colors to Col. J.B. Vowell, the incoming Commander of 3BCT, during a change of command...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hold the brigade and battalion colors in preparation for the passing of the colors during a change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., August 1, 2013. The passing of the colors signifies the changing of authority and responsibility of the troops from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3BCT Public Affairs)

    Rakkasans leadership changes out

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hold the brigade and battalion colors in preparation for the passing of the colors during a change of command ceremony at Fort...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., Col. J.B. Vowell, Commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salutes the U.S. flag during the pass and review portion of the 3BCT change of command ceremony, August 1, 2013. Col. Vowell assumed command over the Brigade Combat Team from Col. R.J. Lillibridge, the outgoing commander of 3BCT. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3BCT Public Affairs)

    Rakkasans leadership changes out

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., Col. J.B. Vowell, Commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salutes the U.S. flag during the pass and review portion of the 3BCT change of command ceremony, August 1, 2013. Col. Vowell...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition in which the outgoing commander transfers their authority, responsibilities and troops to the incoming commander.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted a change of command ceremony here, August 1, from Col. R.J. Lillibridge to Col J.B. Vowell.

Lillibridge, who was the brigade commander on the unit's most recent deployment to Afghanistan, took the opportunity to thank the Fort Campbell community, his fellow leaders, and his Soldiers among others for their support during his tenure.

"It has been my privilege to serve as your commander for the last two years," said Lillibridge. "Thank you for all that you have done and what you will continue to do as Rakkasans."

As the Soldiers of 3BCT say good-bye to their beloved commander, they welcomed their new commander who is no stranger to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Vowell commanded 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment "No Slack", 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where his Task Force deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.

Upon his return, he assumed the duties of the 101st Airborne Division's Operations Officer before serving as a National Security Fellow, but there is no doubt being side by side with Soldiers is where Vowell is destined to serve.

"There is no greater honor in serving our Army than to command Soldiers," said Vowell. "No better way to do that than to command Rakkasans and no better place to command than with the 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell."

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