KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The 405th Army Field Support Brigade welcomed Col. Ronald Green as its new commander during an Aug. 12 change of command ceremony on the parade field at Daenner Kaserne. During the ceremony, the brigade also bid farewell to its outgoing commander, Col. John Haley.

Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, served as the reviewing officer for the ceremony and praised Haley for his accomplishments during his tenure as brigade commander.

"You and your team have done a magnificent job of taking on large, complex missions and making it look easy," Fontaine said. "You have been given a lot of challenges, and you have overcome them all through your leadership, dedication, focus and basic hard work."

Haley, who called the ceremony "bittersweet," reflected on his past two years as a brigade commander, recognizing that the change of command marks "the realization of unmet goals, missions not quite completed and the simple fact that, as a commander, your time is up."

However, he was quick to point out that the ceremony is also an exciting time, "an event of renewal with the promise of bigger and better things ahead under new leadership."

Fontaine welcomed Green as the new commander and emphasized his trust in Green's capabilities, adding that he knew Green well as Green served as both a company commander and a battalion commander under Fontaine's command.

"You are coming here to Kaiserslautern with a wealth of experience," Fontaine stated, noting Green's numerous logistics assignments at previous organizations, including service as a division medical logistics officer and logistics operations officer, among others.

During his speech, Green noted that being granted command during a time of war is a "distinct honor."

"I'm well aware of the privilege that has been given to me today," he said. "Thank you to Colonel Haley for everything you've done for us and this command. We will work to build on your legacy."

Green comes to the brigade from the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, where he served as the CJ-4. Haley's next assignment will be with the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir, Va.

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