• Lt. Col. Nathan Swartz, the outgoing commander for the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stands in front of the 703rd BSB formation for the last time as commander Jan. 24, 2014, during a change of command and responsibility ceremony at Cottrell Field, Fort Stewart, Ga. Swartz, from Tullahoma, Tenn., has commanded the Maintain Battalion since October 2011. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Laidacker, 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs)

    Maintainers change command, responsibility

    Lt. Col. Nathan Swartz, the outgoing commander for the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stands in front of the 703rd BSB formation for the last time as commander Jan. 24, 2014, during a change of...

  • Lt. Col. Nathan Swartz, the outgoing commander for the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hands the 703rd BSB colors to Col. Kimo Gallahue, the 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, commander, Jan. 24, 2014, during a change of command and responsibility ceremony at Cottrell Field, Fort Stewart, Ga. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Laidacker, 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs)

    Maintainers change command, responsibility

    Lt. Col. Nathan Swartz, the outgoing commander for the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hands the 703rd BSB colors to Col. Kimo Gallahue, the 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, commander, Jan. 24, 2014, during a...

  • Col. Kimo Gallahue, left, commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hands the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, colors to Lt. Col. Brandon Klink, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and the incoming commander of 703rd BSB, Jan. 24, 2014, in a change of command and responsibility ceremony on Cottrell Field, Fort Stewart, Ga. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Laidacker, 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs)

    Maintainers change command, responsibility

    Col. Kimo Gallahue, left, commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hands the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, colors to Lt. Col. Brandon Klink, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and the incoming commander of 703rd...

  • Lt. Col. Brandon Klink, front, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and the incoming commander for the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, salutes as he leads the Maintain Battalion for the first time during the pass and review portion of the change of command and responsibility ceremony Jan. 24, 2014, on Cottrell Field, Fort Stewart, Ga. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Laidacker, 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs)

    Maintainers change command, responsibility

    Lt. Col. Brandon Klink, front, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and the incoming commander for the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, salutes as he leads the Maintain Battalion for the first time...

FORT STEWART, Ga. - Lt. Col. Nathan Swartz, outgoing commander for 703th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Mosier, the outgoing command sergeant major for 703rd BSB, transferred command and responsibility to Lt. Col. Brandon Klink and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Abreu, Jan. 24, on Cottrell Field.

"A little over 27 months ago, Command Sgt. Maj. Mosier and I began the journey as the new Maintain 6 and 7, not quite sure what to expect," said Swartz, who commanded the Maintain Battalion since October 2011. "My only regret is today is the end of command time."

"The last two-plus years have gone by faster than I would have ever imagined," added the Tullahoma, Tenn., native.

Although the sun was shining brightly in a clear sky, it was an atypical Georgian day as the temperatures were sub-freezing accounting for the wind chill.

"It is clearly not a warm and sunny coastal Georgia morning," Swartz commented.

In the ceremony, Mosier, from Sebring, Fla., passed the unit colors to Swartz, as his final duty as the 703rd command senior enlisted adviser. After, Mosier passed the noncommissioned officer's sword to Abreu, from Monticello, N.Y., which signifies relinquishing responsibility to the incoming command sergeant major.

"The Maintain Battalion is fortunate to gain a proven leader," Swartz said. "I look forward to hearing about your successes adding to the rich traditions of this battalion."

"I appreciate the welcome and the opportunity to lead these exceptional soldiers, leaders and families," Klink said.

Klink, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, also expressed his gratitude to the outgoing command team.

"Thank you for your leadership and lasting contribution to this battalion's proud legacy," Klink added.

"As we depart the Maintain family and Vanguard team, we would like to thank the soldiers, families and civilians that have made our time at the Rock of the Marne one that will never be forgotten," Swartz said. "I am proud to have served as the Maintain the Line commander, as a teammate on the Vanguard Brigade team and damn proud to be a Dog Face Soldier."

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