• FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon (right), commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, passes the brigade colors to Col. Ernest Erlandson, incoming commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, during the change of command ceremony here July 17. This action denotes Erlandsons acceptance of such role. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Crofoot, 316th ESC Public Affairs Office)

    Local Army Reserve Brigade gains new leadership

    FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon (right), commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, passes the brigade colors to Col. Ernest Erlandson, incoming commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, during the...

  • FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Col. Ernest Erlandson, incoming commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, addresses his new brigade during the change of command ceremony here July 17. Erlandson previously commanded the 475th Quartermaster Petroleum Group in Farrell, Pa. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sophia Lopez, 316th ESC Public Affairs Office)

    Local Army Reserve Brigade gains new leadership

    FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Col. Ernest Erlandson, incoming commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, addresses his new brigade during the change of command ceremony here July 17. Erlandson previously commanded the 475th Quartermaster...

  • FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Col. Stephen Falcone (right), outgoing commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, passes the brigade colors to Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, during the change of command ceremony here July 17. Falcone moves on to command the 77th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Dix, N.J. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sophia Lopez, 316th ESC Public Affairs Office)

    Local Army Reserve Brigade gains new leadership

    FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Col. Stephen Falcone (right), outgoing commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, passes the brigade colors to Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, during the change...

  • FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Soldiers from the 655th Regional Support Group participate as part of the color guard in the change of command ceremony here July 17. Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, headquartered in Coraopolis, Pa., presided over the ceremony as family and friends of the incoming and outgoing commander were in attendance. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sophia Lopez, 316th ESC Public Affairs Office)

    Local Army Reserve Brigade gains new leadership

    FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Soldiers from the 655th Regional Support Group participate as part of the color guard in the change of command ceremony here July 17. Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment...

  • FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Soldiers of the 655th Regional Support Group, hold the battalion and company guidons during the change of command ceremony that welcomed their new commander, Col. Ernest Erlandson, from Brookville, Pa. The Soldiers of the 655th RSG also said farewell to Col. Stephen Falcone, who is now the new commander of the 77th Sustainment Brigade in Fort Dix, N.J. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Bender, 316th ESC Public Affairs Office)

    Local Army Reserve Brigade gains new leadership

    FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Soldiers of the 655th Regional Support Group, hold the battalion and company guidons during the change of command ceremony that welcomed their new commander, Col. Ernest Erlandson, from Brookville, Pa. The Soldiers...

  • FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Col. Stephen Falcone, outgoing commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, addresses his Soldiers for the last time as their commander. He is now the new commander of the 77th Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Dix, N.J. Falcone, of Hudson, Mass., is being replaced at the 655th RSG by Col. Ernest Erlandson, of Brookville, Pa., (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Bender, 316th ESC Public Affairs Office)

    Local Army Reserve Brigade gains new leadership

    FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Col. Stephen Falcone, outgoing commander of the 655th Regional Support Group, addresses his Soldiers for the last time as their commander. He is now the new commander of the 77th Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Dix...

FORT DEVENS, Mass. (July 20, 2010) - Army Reserve Soldiers of the 655th Regional Support Group from Fort Devens, Mass., participated in a change of command ceremony July 17 as they welcomed their new commander, Col. Ernest Erlandson, who also recently served as the acting commander of the 475th Quartermaster Petroleum Group in Farrell, Pa.

"I am really excited to take an RSG command," Erlandson spoke on his new assignment. "This will give me a new opportunity to test new skills and to interact with Soldiers that I now have an opportunity to serve with."

Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, headquartered in Coraopolis, Pa., presided over the ceremony as a member of the official party. He describes the ceremony as "a time-honored tradition within the military that allows us to recognize the outgoing commander and to welcome the incoming commander."

During the ceremony, Erlandson, of Brookville, Pa., participated in the passing of the unit's colors. In a symbolic movement, Erlandson grasped the unit's flag with both hands, denoting the acceptance of his new role as the 655th RSG commander and thus relinquishing the duties and responsibilities from the unit's former commander, Col. Stephen Falcone.

Falcone, now the new commander of the 77th Sustainment Brigade in Fort Dix, N.J., has the additional challenge of not only being their new commander but also preparing his new unit for a deployment overseas. Even with his focus on this new task, he made sure to take the time to address his former Soldiers.

"It's been a pleasure, an honor and a privilege serving with you, and I hope to serve with you again," said Falcone, a Hudson, Mass., resident. "I will see you on the high ground."

The 655th RSG is home to over 1,300 Soldiers all residing within the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island areas. The unit's primary focus is to provide contingency and expeditionary base operations support with responsibilities for managing facilities, providing administrative and logistical support of Soldier services and ensuring the security of personnel and facilities on a base camp. They provide command and control of assigned units during homeland security, homeland defense and civil support missions within the United States to include managing the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of supporting forces.

When not deployed, the RSG provides command and control for training, readiness and mobilization oversight of assigned forces.

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