• (From left) Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli, the outgoing 25th Special Troops Battalion commander, Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, the 25th Infantry Division chief of staff, and Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, the incoming STB commander, stand before a formation of STB Soldiers during a battalion change of command ceremony. The passing of the battalion colors from one commander to another symbolizes the official assumption of command of the guidon recipient. Romagnoli joins the battalion prior to serving with the division's 3rd "Bronco" Brigade Combat Team during the division's recent deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.)

    25 ID Special Troops Battalion Changes Command

    (From left) Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli, the outgoing 25th Special Troops Battalion commander, Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, the 25th Infantry Division chief of staff, and Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, the incoming STB commander, stand before a formation of STB...

  • Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli (right center), the outgoing 25th Special Troops Battalion commander, hands the battalion guidon to Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, the 25th Infantry Division chief of staff, moments before officially relinquishing command of the battalion to Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, the incoming STB commander, during a battalion change of command ceremony. The passing of the battalion colors from one commander to another symbolizes the official assumption of command of the guidon recipient. Romagnoli joins the battalion prior to serving with the division's 3rd "Bronco" Brigade Combat Team during the division's recent deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.)

    25 ID Special Troops Battalion Changes Command

    Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli (right center), the outgoing 25th Special Troops Battalion commander, hands the battalion guidon to Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, the 25th Infantry Division chief of staff, moments before officially relinquishing command of the...

  • Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, incoming commander of the 25th Infantry Division's 25th Special Troops Battalion, addresses a formation of Soldiers on Sills Field at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 19, during a battalion change of command ceremony. Among the responsibilities Romagnoli inherits with his new position is the continued success and preparation of the battalion for combat. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.)

    25 ID Special Troops Battalion Changes Command

    Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, incoming commander of the 25th Infantry Division's 25th Special Troops Battalion, addresses a formation of Soldiers on Sills Field at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 19, during a battalion change of command ceremony. Among...

  • (From left) Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, incoming commander of the 25th Infantry Division's 25th Special Troops Battalion, along with Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, chief of staff for 25th Inf. Div., and Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli, the outgoing STB commander, stand before a formation of Soldiers on Sills Field at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 19, during a battalion change of command ceremony. Among the responsibilities Romagnoli inherits with his new position is the continued success and preparation of the battalion for combat. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.)

    25 ID Special Troops Battalion Changes Command

    (From left) Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, incoming commander of the 25th Infantry Division's 25th Special Troops Battalion, along with Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, chief of staff for 25th Inf. Div., and Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli, the outgoing STB commander...

  • (From left) Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, incoming commander of the 25th Infantry Division's 25th Special Troops Battalion, along with Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, chief of staff for 25th Inf. Div., and Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli, the outgoing STB commander, stand before a formation of Soldiers on Sills Field at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 19, during a battalion change of command ceremony. Among the responsibilities Romagnoli inherits with his new position is the continued success and preparation of the battalion for combat. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.)

    25 ID Special Troops Battalion Changes Command

    (From left) Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, incoming commander of the 25th Infantry Division's 25th Special Troops Battalion, along with Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, chief of staff for 25th Inf. Div., and Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli, the outgoing STB commander...

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - "Tropic Lightning" Soldiers, and an audience of family, guests and well-wishers, gathered at 25th Infantry Division Headquarters as the command responsibility for the 25th Special Troops Battalion, an element of the 25th Inf. Div. responsible for many of the logistical, technical and combat successes of the division's recent deployment to Iraq, was handed over from the STB commander to his successor.

Hundreds of supporters for both Lt. Col. Paul D. Romagnoli, the incoming 25th STB commander, and Lt. Col. Eric J. Angeli, the outgoing battalion commander, attended the battalion change of command ceremony on Sills Field at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 19.

Representatives of the 25th Inf. Div., including Col. Thomas P. Guthrie, 25th Inf. Div. chief of staff, spoke highly of the service Angeli and his family provided for the Soldiers and families of the STB, both at home and while deployed.

"He was the first battalion commander in the Army to prepare, train and deploy an STB under the new transformation model," said Guthrie of Angeli's contribution to the STB during the division's first deployment to northern Iraq in 2006. "During his train-up and preparation for the deployment, Eric and his team were literally writing the book on how to prepare an STB for combat."

Angeli addressed his audience of supporters and the formation of Soldiers, thanking all for the success of the battalion.

"The people who deserve the credit stand before us and sit in the seats today," Angeli said during his speech. "They are an incredible group of leaders and we owe every success to them."

Guthrie also took to opportunity to welcome Romagnoli and his family to the island and wish him well in his new command position.

"Paul is a known commodity in the division and we are fortunate to have a leader of his caliber to take us to new levels," said Guthrie.

Speaking to the formation of STB Soldiers, Romagnoli emphasized the importance of the battalion's war-training and support of one another, vowing to continue to enforce the STB's standard of success.

"I know of no other place I would rather be than taking our place in the history of this outstanding organization," said Romagnoli. "I know our mission is complex, but if we stick with the basics of training and maintaining ourselves, our equipment, developing our subordinate leaders, and always caring for our Soldiers and families, there is nothing we will not be able to accomplish - anytime, anywhere."

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