U.S. Army South HSC change-of-command ceremony
March 2, 2010
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Capt. Juan Talamantes, Jr., who last served as the aide-de-camp for the U.S. Army South commanding general, took command March 1 of the Headquarters and Service Company, Special Troops Battalion, U.S. Army South.
Talamantes received the unit colors of the HSC "Rough Riders" from Capt. William J. Brickner, Jr., during an outdoor ceremony in front of Army South's headquarters in "Old BAMC." Brickner will move to the STB's operations section.
"Bill has contributed to the history of this great unit and Juan now bears the awesome responsibility to continue the proud traditions of the unit while also continuing to move it forward," said Army South's STB commander, Lt. Col. Scot Storey.
According to Brickner, it was an honor "working with some great Americans who on a daily basis keep the cogs of U.S. Army South well-oiled and running." He stressed it is the Soldiers of HSC who "put in numerous hours and tackle daunting tasks in order to provide the daily support U.S. Army South requires. They are the unsung heroes," said Brickner.
Storey also praised the dedication of the Soldiers who served under Brickner's leadership.
"They perform difficult, important, and often unnoticed and un-praised duties for the battalion and U.S. Army South," said Storey. "Without them the command could not function."
Listing many unit accomplishments-including supporting company, battalion and command-level training; ensuring transportation was provided for numerous conferences and training events and providing support to countless missions in the Fort Sam Houston area-Storey stressed that under Brickner's leadership the HSC has "consistently focused on excellence."
Gesturing toward Talamantes, Storey assured the Soldiers they are in good hands with their new commander.
"The Headquarters and Service Company is being placed in the hands of another talented Soldier," said Storey of Talamantes. "He has an impressive background that has groomed him to successfully lead the 'Rough Riders' down a continued path to greatness."