• Capt. Brian W. Pilch, a Seward, Alaska native, passes the headquarters and headquarters company flag during the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13. Pilch, who's commanded HHC 3d ESC since May of 2009, handed over command to Capt. Sarah N. Holley, a native of Elizabethtown, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers transfer command during ceremony

    Capt. Brian W. Pilch, a Seward, Alaska native, passes the headquarters and headquarters company flag during the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness...

  • Capt. Brian W. Pilch, a native of Seward, Alaska, salutes during the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13.  During the ceremony, Capt. Sarah N. Holley, a native of Elizabethtown, Ky., assumed command of HHC 3d ESC from Capt. Pilch, commander since May 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers transfer command during ceremony

    Capt. Brian W. Pilch, a native of Seward, Alaska, salutes during the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13. During the ceremony...

  • Capt. Sarah N. Holley, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander for the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), passes the HHC flag to 1st Sgt. Jonathan Napier, a native of Yatesville, Ga. during the HHC, 3d ESC change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13.  As the HHC commander for the 3d ESC, Capt. Holley is in command of all Soldiers assigned to the unit, to include Brig. Gen. Robin B. Akin, the 3d ESC's commander. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers transfer command during ceremony

    Capt. Sarah N. Holley, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander for the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), passes the HHC flag to 1st Sgt. Jonathan Napier, a native of Yatesville, Ga. during the HHC, 3d ESC change of command ceremony...

  • Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), stand in formation during the HHC, 3d ESC change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13. During the ceremony, Capt. Sarah N. Holley assumed command from Capt. Brian W. Pilch. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers transfer command during ceremony

    Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), stand in formation during the HHC, 3d ESC change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13. During the ceremony, Capt. Sarah N...

  • Capt. Brian W. Pilch, a native of Seward, Alaska, speaks to his Soldiers during the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s deployment to Haiti in support of relief efforts stemming from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the country on Jan. 12, 2010. Pilch handed over command of the HHC 3d ESC to Capt. Sarah N. Holley during the HHC, 3d ESC change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dave Mcclain)

    Sustainers transfer command during ceremony

    Capt. Brian W. Pilch, a native of Seward, Alaska, speaks to his Soldiers during the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s deployment to Haiti in support of relief efforts stemming from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the country on Jan. 12...

FORT KNOX, Ky. (January 13, 2011) - The company commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), turned over command during a change of command ceremony here at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Jan. 13.

During the ceremony, Capt. Brian W. Pilch, a Seward, Alaska native, officially handed over command to Capt. Sarah N. Holley, a native of Elizabethtown, Ky.

Pilch, the 3d ESC HHC commander since May of 2009, said he would miss his position as company commander, but realized it was his time to move on. He mentioned that he is highly confident that Capt. Holley will do great in the difficult, but rewarding position of company commander.

While the HHC commander for the 3d ESC, Capt. Pilch successfully redeployed the unit from its deployment to Iraq in August 2009. Pilch also successfully deployed and redeployed the unit during its most recent deployment to Haiti in support of relief efforts stemming from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the country on Jan. 12, 2010.

"Brig. Gen. Akin, Command Sgt. Maj. Tennant, thank you for the opportunity to take care of the Army's most precious resource, Soldiers and their Families," Pilch said during his speech. "To the HHC 3d ESC, you are a team but more than that, you are a family. I have seen this unit do amazing things, from Iraq to Haiti."

Officiating the ceremony was Col. Marvin S. Whitaker, the 3d ESC's chief of staff, who praised Pilch for his diligence during his tenure of command.

"The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) is an exceptional command opportunity," said Whitaker. "Very few officers get the chance to command a unit as diverse and complicated as this."

Whitaker mentioned that in May 2009, Pilch took on one of the Army's toughest challenges when he assumed command.

"With Capt. Pilch's leadership, headquarters and headquarters company met every challenge head on and in the process improved its deploy ability, and ability to provide unparallel support to this operational logistics headquarters," said Whitaker."

The position of company commander with the 3d ESC is different than with most line units. In most line units throughout the U.S. Army, the company commander is often the organization's most senior officer.

With the 3d ESC being mostly comprised of officers and senior noncommissioned officers, this will hardly be the case. As a newly appointed company commander, Holley is now HHC commander of all Soldiers assigned to the command, to include Brig. Gen. Robin B. Akin, the 3d ESC's commander.

"As commander, I'm looking forward to taking care of Soldiers," said Capt. Holley. "I know it's going to be a unique challenge but I'm ready to move forward."

Photos and story by Sgt. Michael Behlin, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs.
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