198th Infantry Brigade welcomes new battalion
January 26, 2011
- Transition of Authority ceremony held Jan. 18 for the 2nd Battalion, 330th Regiment
- 2nd Battalion joins 198th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Battalion returns to Michigan
- Battalion trains Infantry Soldiers
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Maj. David Schultz, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, assumed the duties and responsibilities of the 3rd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, from Lt. Col. Mark Price during a 198th Infantry Brigade transition of authority ceremony Jan. 18 at the Sand Hill Recreation Center.
"I have no doubt that the 2nd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, will continue in the training mission and produce outstanding young Infantrymen," said Lt. Col. Mark Price, commander of the 3rd Battalion.
The 2nd Bn., a Reserve unit based in Illinois, traveled approximately 825 miles with Soldiers from eight different states in the upper Midwest, said Col. Bruce D. Parker, commander of the 198th Infantry Brigade.
Previously, Schultz was the 2nd Bn. executive officer. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service medal, Iraqi Campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism medal, Armed Forces Reserve medal with "M" device and the Combat Action Badge.
Schultz thanked the 3rd Bn. for help during the transition.
"Without your help and professional guidance we would not be ready to assume our awesome responsibility," Schultz said. "And it is an awesome responsibility to train the Soldiers who this country relies on to protect us from the forces that would destroy."
Schultz said he and the officers and Soldiers of the 2nd Bn. look forward to working with Parker and the brigade to develop the best Soldiers in the United States Army.
With the 2nd Bn. assuming command, the 3rd Bn. will be returning to its home unit in Michigan.
"Thank you for what you have done for the brigade, the standards that you have set for all those that will follow you," Parker said. "You've made us a better organization. We will not forget the long hours that you've invested often at the expense of your families."
Parker said the 3rd Battalion had a number of successes including training more than 2,700 Infantrymen and teaching close to 1,250 hours of combatives training.
Price said the men and women of his unit grew as individuals and overcame personal challenges in order to be successful. And that he was proud to be able to command the battalion.