• Col. Nicholas Snelson (L) U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander presents Lt. Col. Adam Lange with a Meritorious Service Medal at the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's change of command ceremony Dec. 3 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by Capt. Patrick Sawicki, USARAK Public Affairs)

    6-17 CAV Change of Command

    Col. Nicholas Snelson (L) U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander presents Lt. Col. Adam Lange with a Meritorious Service Medal at the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's change of command ceremony Dec. 3 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by...

  • Col. Nicholas Snelson (R) U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander, speaks of the great accomplishments and sacrifices of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiments outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Adam Lange (L) and his wife, Capt. Brandi Lange, an Army nurse, at the Change of Command ceremony Dec. 3 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by Capt. Patrick Sawicki, USARAK Public Affairs)

    6-17 CAV CoC

    Col. Nicholas Snelson (R) U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander, speaks of the great accomplishments and sacrifices of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiments outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Adam Lange (L) and his wife, Capt. Brandi Lange, an...

  • Troops assigned to 6th Squadron, 17th cavalry Regiment stand ready, prior the change of command ceremony. The ceremony was held in Hangar 5,  a $67 million dollar facility  built for the unit and it's OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. Dec. 3, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by Capt. Patrick Sawicki, USARAK Public Affairs)

    6-17 CAV CoC

    Troops assigned to 6th Squadron, 17th cavalry Regiment stand ready, prior the change of command ceremony. The ceremony was held in Hangar 5, a $67 million dollar facility built for the unit and it's OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. Dec. 3, Fort Wainwright...

  • Col Nicholas Snelson U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander passes the unit's guidon to the new incoming commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Ketchum, 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's commander. This time honored tradition represents the change of command as the guidon changes hands.  Dec. 3, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by Capt. Patrick Sawicki, USARAK Public Affairs)

    6-17 CAV CoC

    Col Nicholas Snelson U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander passes the unit's guidon to the new incoming commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Ketchum, 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's commander. This time honored tradition represents the change of...

  • Lt. Col. Matthew Ketchum, 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's commander (back) and Lt. Col. Adam Lange, the new Deputy Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Alaska (front) stand at attention as remarks about the unit and the outgoing commander are read to the crowd at 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's change of command ceremony. Dec. 3, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by Capt. Patrick Sawicki, USARAK Public Affairs)

    6-17 CAV

    Lt. Col. Matthew Ketchum, 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's commander (back) and Lt. Col. Adam Lange, the new Deputy Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Alaska (front) stand at attention as remarks about the unit and the outgoing commander are read to...

  • Col Nicholas Snelson (R) U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander, presents Capt. Brandi Lange with the Our Lady of Loreto certificate, at the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's change of command ceremony. Dec. 3, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by Capt. Patrick Sawicki, USARAK Public Affairs)

    6-17 CAV CoC

    Col Nicholas Snelson (R) U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force commander, presents Capt. Brandi Lange with the Our Lady of Loreto certificate, at the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's change of command ceremony. Dec. 3, Fort Wainwright, Alaska...

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, Fort Wainwright, Alaska -- The 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Wainwright, Alaska hosted a change of command ceremony December 3. The ceremony welcomed the new commander, Lt. Col. Matthew F Ketchum and honored the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Adam w. Lange and his wife, Capt. Brandi Lange, an Army nurse assigned to Medical Department Activities-Alaska.
The U.S. Army Aviation Task Force Commander, Col. Nicholas Snelson presented the outgoing commander with a Meritorious Service Medal and his wife with the Lady of Loreto award. Although Lt. Col. Lange is relinquishing the reins of 6-17 CAV, he will remain here at Fort Wainwright, filling the role as deputy commanding officer for U.S. Army Alaska.
"Leaving the unit that has sacrificed so much, negotiating obstacles such as equipment shortages, funding challenges and forcing a change in mindset back to a conventional training focus," said Lange, "was not easy. It was very difficult and stressful, but my time as commander with the troops and leaders was well worth it."
Capt. Lange, will remain at Fort Wainwright as well, until they are both eligible for a move to their next assignment. "We do not really care the location or duty assignment," said Brandi Lange. "As long as we are together and can be there with one another is the big thing for us."
"He was here for a year before I arrived to Alaska," she said. "It is challenging being the wife of a Soldier, but when you're a Soldier too, it adds to the challenges and stresses."
Lt. Col. Lange will now step in as the new Deputy Commanding Officer for U.S. Army Alaska. There won't be much time off for him before moving to the north side of Ladd Army airfield to the new office, he has the rest of the day off and will start tomorrow.
"The new assignment will force me to learn new things and meet units and leaders throughout the Fairbanks North Star Community," he said. "Local leaders, Northern Warfare Training Center, and other things on the commanding general's radar that I have not dealt with or been involved in, will certainly be my main focus as the DCO."
The unit recently completed an aerial gunnery live-fire exercise, in preparation of a National Training Center rotation and future Korean deployment. "The conditions set and the training, maintenance and leadership from Lt. Col. Lange," said Col. Snelson, "have set this unit up for success."
"What's the best thing about being a Cav squadron commander?" Lt. Col Lange asked. "Everything."
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