• A color guard from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade prepares to have the unit's colors passed along to its new commander, Col. Kenneth Moore, during a change of command ceremony outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. The ceremony drew crowds of onlookers and inspired Texan pride in the unit's Soldiers. The 321st is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    A color guard from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade prepares to have the unit's colors passed along to its new commander, Col. Kenneth Moore, during a change of command ceremony outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. The ceremony drew crowds of...

  • A color guard from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade stands outside the main entrance to the Alamo chapel in downtown San Antonio, Sept. 13, during the brigade's change of command ceremony. The ceremony drew crowds of onlookers and inspired Texan pride in the unit's Soldiers. The Alamo, an American history landmark, is prominent in the 321's unit crest. The 321st is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    A color guard from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade stands outside the main entrance to the Alamo chapel in downtown San Antonio, Sept. 13, during the brigade's change of command ceremony. The ceremony drew crowds of onlookers and inspired Texan pride...

  • Army Reserve Capt. Angela Hope, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander for the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade in San Antonio, leads her Soldiers in presenting arms during the national anthem, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo during the brigade's change of command ceremony. The 321st welcomed their new full-time commander, Col. Kenneth Moore, to the unit in front of the main entrance to the Alamo chapel in downtown San Antonio.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Army Reserve Capt. Angela Hope, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander for the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade in San Antonio, leads her Soldiers in presenting arms during the national anthem, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo during the brigade's...

  • Col. Michael Finn, outgoing commander of the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade in San Antonio, sits with the unit's command group during a change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Finn, who has served as the brigade's acting commander for several months, is returning to the position of the unit's deputy commander to make room for full-time commander Col. Kenneth Moore, who assumed command during the ceremony. Finn, an Army Reserve Soldier with a civilian career working on Fort Sam Houston, is a Civil Affairs officer who deployed to Iraq in 2004 and will deploy again in 2010 to Afghanistan with the 321st.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Col. Michael Finn, outgoing commander of the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade in San Antonio, sits with the unit's command group during a change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Finn, who has served as the brigade's...

  • Col. Kenneth Moore, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade commander, hands the unit's saber to the brigade's incoming acting command sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Steve Quinones, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio, where the 321st is located. The 321st is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Col. Kenneth Moore, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade commander, hands the unit's saber to the brigade's incoming acting command sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Steve Quinones, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San...

  • Brig. Gen. Mark Hendrix, commanding general of the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Pensacola, Fla., holds the brigade colors of San Antonio's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade during the 321's change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Hendrix passed the colors from Col. Michael Finn, outgoing commander, to Col. Kenneth Moore, the 321's incoming commander, as Soldiers, family members, special guests and San Antonio tourists looked on. Finn, who filled in as the unit's acting commander for several months, returned to his position as the 321's deputy commander upon passing the brigade colors over to Col. Kenneth Moore, the unit's new full-time commander.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Brig. Gen. Mark Hendrix, commanding general of the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Pensacola, Fla., holds the brigade colors of San Antonio's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade during the 321's change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in...

  • Col. Kenneth Moore, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade commander, sits with the brigade's command group during a change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Moore, who assumed command during the ceremony, is a full-time Army Reserve Soldier of 27 years moving to San Antonio to train and deploy to Afghanistan with the 321st. Moore was formerly the Assistant Chief of Staff of Force Development for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Col. Kenneth Moore, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade commander, sits with the brigade's command group during a change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Moore, who assumed command during the ceremony, is a full-time...

  • Col. Kenneth Moore hands the unit colors of San Antonio's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade over to Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Longsworth immediately after being officially recognized as the brigade's new commander in a change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo. The Alamo, a symbol of national and Texan pride, is prominent in the 321's crest. The 321st, an Army Reserve unit located on Fort Sam Houston, is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Col. Kenneth Moore hands the unit colors of San Antonio's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade over to Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Longsworth immediately after being officially recognized as the brigade's new commander in a change of command ceremony, Sept. 13...

  • Col. Michael Finn, outgoing commander of the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade in San Antonio, accepts the brigade colors from Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Longsworth during the Army Reserve unit's change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Finn, who filled in as the unit's acting commander for several months, returned to his position as the 321's deputy commander upon passing the brigade colors over to Col. Kenneth Moore, the unit's new full-time commander. The 321st is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Col. Michael Finn, outgoing commander of the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade in San Antonio, accepts the brigade colors from Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Longsworth during the Army Reserve unit's change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in...

  • Brig. Gen. Mark Hendrix, commanding general of the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Pensacola, Fla., holds the brigade colors of San Antonio's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade during the 321's change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Hendrix passed the colors from Col. Michael Finn, outgoing commander, to Col. Kenneth Moore, the 321's incoming commander, as Soldiers, family members, special guests and San Antonio tourists looked on. Finn, who filled in as the unit's acting commander for several months, returned to his position as the 321's deputy commander upon passing the brigade colors over to Col. Kenneth Moore, the unit's new full time commander. The 321st is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Brig. Gen. Mark Hendrix, commanding general of the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Pensacola, Fla., holds the brigade colors of San Antonio's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade during the 321's change of command ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in...

  • Soldiers from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade form up outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio for the unit's change of command ceremony the morning of Sept. 13. The Alamo, an American history landmark, is prominent in the 321's crest. The Army Reserve unit, which is located on Fort Sam Houston, officially welcomed its new commander, Col. Kenneth Moore, and acting command sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Steve Quinones, during the ceremony while dozens of tourists and visitors to downtown San Antonio looked on. The 321st is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Soldiers from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade form up outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio for the unit's change of command ceremony the morning of Sept. 13. The Alamo, an American history landmark, is prominent in the 321's crest. The Army...

  • Col. Kenneth Moore, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade commander, accepts the unit's saber from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Longsworth during a change of responsibility ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio, where the 321st is located. The 321st, an Army Reserve unit, is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

    The Alamo Hosts 321st Civil Affairs Brigade Ceremony

    Col. Kenneth Moore, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade commander, accepts the unit's saber from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Longsworth during a change of responsibility ceremony, Sept. 13, outside the Alamo in downtown San Antonio, where the 321st is...

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - For Col. Kenneth Moore, incoming commander of the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, there's no better place to assume command of a U.S. Army unit than in front of a national landmark.

"I'm responsible for a U.S. military organization, and I was given its flag at the Alamo," Moore said following the 321's change of command ceremony the morning of Sept. 13 in downtown San Antonio. "This is truly an inspiring place." About 150 soldiers, guests and tourists watched Moore accept his new position as the sun rose from behind the Alamo, a symbol of Texan and American pride since the famous 1836 Texas Revolution battle.

Since 1971, the Alamo has been prominent in the 321's unit insignia, making it the first civil affairs unit's insignia to feature a national landmark.

Col. Michael Finn, the 321's acting commander since May, chose the Alamo as the site of the unit location as a tribute to the soldiers serving within the brigade.

"The best way to show you just how high I hold you in my esteem, and how you stand out in any group, is to conduct the ceremony in this, the most special of places," Finn said to his soldiers during the ceremony.

Finn, like most of the members in the brigade and throughout the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), is an Army Reserve soldier with a civilian career. Rather than leaving the unit, Finn is returning to his original position as the brigade's deputy commander, making room for Moore to assume command on full-time orders.

"As I resume my place as the brigade's deputy commanding officer, let there be no doubt that the torch, as well as the flag, has been passed," Finn said. "He's the right guy, at the right time, to lead this brigade through the difficult and complex missions ahead of us."

Moore is coming to San Antonio from his assignment at the USACAPOC(A) headquarters at Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he led force development for the 12,000-member Army Reserve command.

"For most of us, things like force development are an abstraction, all we really know is that somewhere out there, they figure out all the hard stuff." said Brig. Gen. Mark Hendrix, commanding general of the 350th Civil Affairs Command, the 321's higher command. "For all of us in civil affairs, that was Colonel Moore."

"[Force development] is easy on a PowerPoint slide, but now I'm on the other end," Moore said. "I've got to implement what I've participated in designing for several years." At the command's headquarters, Moore worked closely on how civil affairs and psychological operations units can better employ doctrinal concepts, and helped forecast the training and equipment needs of those units.

Moore has been shaping the civil affairs force of tomorrow, Hendrix said.

"I was on the intellectual and academic side of designing all of this," he said. "Now, all of the sudden, I'm thrust into the execution side."

Together, Moore and Finn will take the brigade overseas to Afghanistan next summer.

"A lot of the transition over there really does need to focus on building the infrastructure," Moore said after the ceremony, explaining that coalition forces have been too busy looking for and fighting terrorists to do much more with civil-military operations. "Hopefully, we can really focus on the population, elections, governance and the public facilities that they really need."

The brigade has four subordinate battalions, in Dallas, Houston and Lubbock, Texas and Tulsa, Okla. While Moore and Finn are preparing to deploy the 321st, each of their battalions is also preparing to support overseas contingency operations.

"We're fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," Hendrix said. "The Army needs this brigade to support both."

"God bless [the soldiers] for doing what they do, because what they do is complex and sometimes it's dangerous," Finn said. "We're the fingers that massage the hearts and minds, and sometimes fingers get cut and burned."

Civil affairs soldiers work with civil authorities and civilian populations in military areas of operation, supporting government operations, emergency actions and humanitarian assistance. By combining cultural awareness and language training with their civilian educations and backgrounds, civil affairs soldiers help foster stability for foreign populations by developing economic, education and infrastructure projects.

"I am not getting a fixer-upper," Moore said, referring to the 321st as the Army's premiere civil affairs brigade. "This unit is already at a certain level and it is my job to sustain its high standard."

Moore and Finn both credited that high standard to the brigade's outgoing command sergeant major.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Longsworth exemplifies everything a senior non-commissioned officer should be, know and do," Finn said. Following the change of command ceremony, Moore oversaw a change of responsibility ceremony where Longsworth handed the unit's the top enlisted position over to Sgt. Maj. Steve Quinones.

By the close of the ceremony, over 50 tourists stood behind Fort Sam Houston's U.S. Army Medical Command Band, watching the commanders take charge of their units while waiting to tour the landmark's historic walls.

"It meant a lot to the soldiers to do it at the Alamo," Moore said. "It sounds like it's going to become a tradition for the 321st."

Finn, who claims Texas as his "adopted state," said he draws inspiration and resolve from his association with Texas and the Alamo. "This is, in fact, the holiest ground for me," he said, "and I hope for you as well."

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