Red Cloud welcomes new HHC commander
November 8, 2009
RED CLOUD GARRISON - Capt. Reyfrancis Mercado took command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG-Red Cloud during the change of command ceremony Oct. 30 in front of the USAG-RC Headquarters building.
Capt. Han, Yun-song, outgoing commander, handed the company flag to Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, USAG-Casey commander, who then passed the responsibility of command to Mercado.
Mercado was the training and operations officer for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, USAG-Red Cloud prior to taking command. He has held a few positions such as squadron chemical officer for the 1st Squadron, 1st US Cavalry Regiment, and brigade chemical officer for the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Mercado joined the Army in July 2002 after he received his bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis, Calif. His combat experiences include an 11month deployment to Camp Slayer, Baghdad and a 12 month deployment to Forward Operating Base Falcon, Baghdad, as a chemical officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"Good luck, as you embark on the challenges of this command. You will find company command will always be one of the most memorable times of your career. Enjoy it" Fromm said. "Mercado comes to us with great credentials. He has already demonstrated a strong desire to bring the command to new levels."
Mercado took the podium next and expressed his expectations on becoming the new commander.
"I am honored to have the privilege to be your company commander" he said. "We will succeed to sustain support seven days a week for the Republic of Korea and United States of America."
Fromm started his compliment to the outgoing commander. Han assumed the command of HHC, USAG-RC in 2008. Since then, he successfully prepared his team and conducted operations during a series of training events.
"Our mission statement says we provide the installations that enable Soldiers and Families readiness, and provide quality of life that matches the quality of service they provide the nation. Nothing could be closer to the statement than what Soldiers of HHC have done over the past years under Han," Fromm said. "Han and his company were also deeply involved in strengthening ties with the Uijeongbu citizens." Han will be going to Hawaii, where he will serve in the 25th Infantry Division.