• U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr., accepts the 598th Transportation Brigade colors from Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, assuming the authority and responsibility as the new 598th Transportation Brigade commander during the brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by Elisabeth Paque)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr., accepts the 598th Transportation Brigade colors from Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, assuming the authority and responsibility as the new 598th...

  • U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar, Jr., 598th Transportation Brigade commander, thanked Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, for the opportunity to lead the brigade and looks forward to continuing the legacy of the brigade by relying on its members and his family for support. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar, Jr., 598th Transportation Brigade commander, thanked Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, for the opportunity to lead the brigade and looks forward to...

  • U.S. Army Col. Matthew D. Redding thanked Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, for the opportunity to have led the 598th Transportation Brigade, the brigade members for their dedication, hard work and achievements but saved special thanks for his family whose support, love and understanding inspire him and make him the Soldier he is today. (U.S. Photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Col. Matthew D. Redding thanked Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, for the opportunity to have led the 598th Transportation Brigade, the brigade members for their dedication...

  • U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr., now the 598th Transportation Brigade commander, and Col. Matthew D. Redding listen to Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, during the brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr., now the 598th Transportation Brigade commander, and Col. Matthew D. Redding listen to Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, during the brigade's...

  • U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, congratulates Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr. on his new position as the 598th Transportation Brigade commander and thanks Col. Matthew D. Redding for his leadership of the brigade over the past two years the the change of command awards ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Communitiy Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, congratulates Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr. on his new position as the 598th Transportation Brigade commander and thanks Col. Matthew D...

  • U.S. Army Col. Matthew D. Redding, outgoing 598th Transportation Brigade commander, passes the brigade's colors to Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, thereby relinquishing his command of the brigade Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Col. Matthew D. Redding, outgoing 598th Transportation Brigade commander, passes the brigade's colors to Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, thereby relinquishing his command...

  • The official party prepares for the passing of the 598th Transportation Brigade's colors during the change of command ceremony Aug. 7. A unit's colors symbolize the commander's authority and responsibility to the organization and its Soldiers. With the transfer of the colors, this authority and responsibility is passed from one commander to the next. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    The official party prepares for the passing of the 598th Transportation Brigade's colors during the change of command ceremony Aug. 7. A unit's colors symbolize the commander's authority and responsibility to the organization and its Soldiers. With the...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Derik Gatton, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Sean Dunbar with a small gift during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Sgt. Derik Gatton, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Sean Dunbar with a small gift during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Derik Gatton, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Kate Dunbar with a bouquet of yellow roses during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. The yellow roses are in bud and symbolize the future growth, nuturing and development she will provide to the members of the brigade. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Sgt. Derik Gatton, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Kate Dunbar with a bouquet of yellow roses during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. The yellow roses are in...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Garrett, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Gracie Redding with a single red rose during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Sgt. Garrett, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Gracie Redding with a single red rose during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Garrett, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Kristen Redding with a bouquet of red roses during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. The roses are in bloom symbolizing the brigade's gratitude and affection for the many sacrafices she has made for the brigade, its members and her husband, Col. Matthew D. Redding. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Sgt. Garrett, 598th Transportation Brigade, presents Kristen Redding with a bouquet of red roses during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. The roses are in bloom...

  • U.S. Army Chaplain James Betz, U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Europe, gives the invocation during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Chaplain James Betz, U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Europe, gives the invocation during the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

  • The audience renders honors to Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, during the playing of "Ruffles and Flourishes" at the 598th Transportation Brigade change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    The audience renders honors to Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, during the playing of "Ruffles and Flourishes" at the 598th Transportation Brigade change of command ceremony Aug. 7...

  • Winnweiler Bürgermeister Rudolf Jacob and Enkenbach-Alsenborn Bürgermeister Andreas Alter and his wife Birgit, were among the many guests, civilian and military, which attended the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    Winnweiler Bürgermeister Rudolf Jacob and Enkenbach-Alsenborn Bürgermeister Andreas Alter and his wife Birgit, were among the many guests, civilian and military, which attended the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony...

  • The U.S. Air Force's Wings Aloft Woodwind Quintet entertains guests before the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    The U.S. Air Force's Wings Aloft Woodwind Quintet entertains guests before the 598th Transportation Brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

  • U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr., 598th Transportation Brigade commander, prepares to sing the Army song during the brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

    Dunbar takes command of 598th Transportation Brigade

    U.S. Army Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr., 598th Transportation Brigade commander, prepares to sing the Army song during the brigade's change of command ceremony Aug. 7 at the Sembach Community Activity Center. (U.S. Army photo by A.J. Bosker)

SEMBACH KASERNE, Germany (Aug. 8, 2014) -- Col. Layton G. Dunbar Jr. took command of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 598th Transportation Brigade in a change of command ceremony at the installation's Community Activity Center Thursday.

Dunbar assumed command from Col. Matthew D. Redding, who served as the 598th Transportation Brigade commander from Aug. 23, 2012 to Aug. 7, 2014, in a ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, SDDC commanding general.

During her remarks, Davidson outlined the critical, but often unseen role the 598th Transportation Brigade plays in the nation's defense.

"I'm very grateful to have had [Redding] in command here at a time when many challenges demanded nothing less than excellence, experience and adaptability from a leader," she said. "He came in at a time when the brigade was to relocate to Germany from Rotterdam. No easy feat, especially while managing the mission without missing a beat to include overseeing a split-base operation for nearly eight months during the transition -- a testament to his dedication and stewardship.

"Even though [Redding] is leaving, the challenges of this brigade are not. [Dunbar] is the perfect selection to step into this command. He too understands the importance of supporting the warfighter. He also understands what it takes to create and sustain that support. I'm confident [he] is ready to take on the current challenges as well as the ones that lie ahead."

During his farewell remarks, Redding thanked the distinguished guests, civilian and military, for attending the ceremony and the brigade members -- Soldiers, Civilians and local nationals -- for everything they do to accomplish the mission.

"We proudly say each day in [SDDC] we 'Deliver Trust', well here in the 598th we deliver more," Redding said. "With 85 percent of all Department of Defense cargo flowing by sea, I take great pride every day in the accomplishments of this brigade."

He also thanked his family for their unwavering support, not only during his tenure as the 598th Transportation Brigade commander, but during his career.

"I am so proud of [my family] for who they have become," he said. "I know that having a Soldier in the family is not easy and I will continue to rely on their strength in the years to come," he said.

Dunbar began his remarks by thanking the 39th Transportation Battalion's Color Guard for their professionalism and for supporting the change of command. He also thanked the U.S. Air Force's Wings Aloft Woodwind Quintet for providing the music for the day's events and joked with them about not playing the U.S. Air Force song during the Army ceremony.

"I'd like to thank [Col. and Kristen Redding] for helping us as we made this transition," he said. "You've left a tremendous legacy leading our organization through a period of transition not only in this command but in SDDC as well. I truly look forward to the challenges right around the corner as you've set us up for success in upcoming exercises, ongoing operations and routine distribution support across the theater."

"To my family, thanks for all of your support over the years," Dunbar said. "Not only your support of me, but the support of our newest families as you've always done. To the Soldiers, civilians and local national teammates across Europe, you bring a wealth of experience and professionalism to our units and I know we'll continue our unparalleled support to our nation, U.S. forces, allies and partners. Kate and I look forward to serving all of you over the next couple of years."

Dunbar was commissioned in the Army from the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and began his career as a rifle platoon leader in the 6th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Upon completion of his detail to the Infantry, he was transferred to the Transportation Corps. Prior to assuming command of the 598th Transportation Brigade, Dunbar was the chief of the Distribution Management Center, 21st Theater Sustainment Command at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Redding, his wife Kristen and their two children, Alex and Gracie, will not be moving far from the 598th Transportation Brigade team. His next assignment is as the chief of staff for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

Among the many civilian and military distinguished guests in attendance were B├╝rgermeister (mayor) Rudolf Jacob of Winnweiler, Germany; B├╝rgermeister Andreas Alter and his wife Birgit of Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany; Maj. Gen. John O'Conner, commander, 21st Theater Sustainment Command; Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades, commander sergeant major, 21st Theater Sustainment Command; and Command Sgt. Maj. Cedric Thomas, command sergeant major, SDDC.

Following the ceremony, there was reception to introduce the brigade and the many guests to Col. Dunbar, his wife Kate and their son Sean. Dunbar's other son, Specialist Andrew Dunbar, is a medic with the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team currently stationed at Fort Wainwright, his father's first duty location.

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