• Chloe Gilland (center), daughter of Col. Steve Gilland, the outgoing commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, receives a single red rose at the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony April 7 at Fort Hood, Texas. Chloe�'s sister, Grace (center, right) also received a single red rose, and their mother, Betsy Gilland, received a bouquet of red roses. Part of a long-standing cavalry tradition, the presentation of red roses symbolizes a full and rewarding relationship and congratulations for a job well done. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Brigade welcomes new command team

    Chloe Gilland (center), daughter of Col. Steve Gilland, the outgoing commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, receives a single red rose at the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility...

  • Col. John DiGiambattista (left on horseback), the incoming commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; Col. Steve Gilland (center on horseback), the outgoing Ironhorse commander; and Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division (right on horseback), salute the 1st Cavalry Division Honor Guard at the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony April 7 at Fort Hood, Texas. The brigade said farewell to Gilland and welcomed DiGiambattista and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, the incoming senior noncommissioned officer of the brigade. (U.S.  Army photo by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Brigade welcomes new command team

    Col. John DiGiambattista (left on horseback), the incoming commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; Col. Steve Gilland (center on horseback), the outgoing Ironhorse commander; and Brig. Gen. Michael...

  • Brig. Gen. Michael Bills (left), commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, receives the Ironhorse colors from Col. Steve Gilland, the outgoing commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony April 7 at Fort Hood, Texas. The passing of the colors is a tradition signifying the responsibility associated with the command. Gilland passing the colors to Bills signified returning the responsibility he was entrusted upon assuming command. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Brigade welcomes new command team

    Brig. Gen. Michael Bills (left), commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, receives the Ironhorse colors from Col. Steve Gilland, the outgoing commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at the Ironhorse change...

  • Col. John DiGiambattista (center), the incoming commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hands the brigade colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison (center, right), the incoming senior noncommissioned officer, at the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony April 7 at Fort Hood, Texas. The passing of the colors is a tradition signifying the responsibility associated with the command. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Brigade welcomes new command team

    Col. John DiGiambattista (center), the incoming commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hands the brigade colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison (center, right), the incoming senior...

  • From left to right: Col. Steve Gilland, outgoing commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division; and Col. John DiGiambattista, the incoming Ironhorse commander, salute the color guard during the pass in review portion of the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony April 7 at Fort Hood, Texas. The First Team Band, Soldiers from every Ironhorse battalion led by their commanders, the 1st Cavalry Division Honor Guard, and the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment marched past the outgoing, incoming and division commanders during the ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Brigade welcomes new command team

    From left to right: Col. Steve Gilland, outgoing commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division; and Col. John DiGiambattista, the incoming...

  • From left to right: Col. John DiGiambattista, the incoming commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division; and Col. Steve Gilland, the outgoing Ironhorse commander, look across Cooper Field during the pass in review portion of the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony April 7 at Fort Hood, Texas. The ceremony transferred command of the Ironhorse Brigade from Gilland to DiGiambattista and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, the incoming senior noncommissioned officer. (U.S.  Army photo by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Brigade welcomes new command team

    From left to right: Col. John DiGiambattista, the incoming commander of the 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division; and Col. Steve Gilland, the outgoing...

  • Soldiers assigned to the 2nd �"Thunderhorse" Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division cross Cooper Field in front of the incoming and outgoing leadership during the pass in review portion of the Ironhorse change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony April 7 at Fort Hood, Texas. During the ceremony, Soldiers from every Ironhorse battalion, led by their commanders, marched past the outgoing and incoming leadership. (U.S.  Army photo by Spc. Paige Behringer, 1BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Brigade welcomes new command team

    Soldiers assigned to the 2nd �"Thunderhorse" Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st �"Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division cross Cooper Field in front of the incoming and outgoing leadership during the pass in...

FORT HOOD, Texas --The sound of cannons firing and horses galloping could be heard across Cooper Field as the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division said farewell to its leader and welcomed two new leaders to the Ironhorse family April 7 here.
Col. Steve Gilland, a native of Rock Island, Ill., and the outgoing Ironhorse commander, relinquished command to Col. John DiGiambattista, an Anaheim, Calif., native and the incoming brigade commander during a change of command ceremony.
Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, was the host and presiding officer, who also welcomed a new senior noncommissioned officer to the Ironhorse family: Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, a native of Tunnel Hill, Ga.
Gilland took command of Ironhorse in July 2012. He now hands the reins over to DiGiambattista following several training exercises in Europe and a rotation to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.
"Colonel Steve Gilland's accomplishments in the last two years are immeasurable," Bills said. "His focus has been on tackling every assigned mission and achieving outstanding results … when he first took the brigade's colors, the Soldiers of Ironhorse had just returned from a deployment to Iraq and Kuwait … Steve and Betsy Gilland wasted no time in building a great team here at Fort Hood."
Bills said DiGiambattista is taking command of Ironhorse at an important time. This year, the brigade will head to Europe for exercises related to Ironhorse's regional alignment.
"We are fortunate to have (DiGiambattista) as he comes from the Pentagon," Bills said. "He comes to us with a wealth of experience as an infantry officer with three deployments to Iraq … I can't think of a more qualified and capable officer to take command of an outstanding team as (DiGiambattista)."
"I know I have arrived at a great organization, and I can see it with my own eyes," DiGiambattista said.

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