CHARLESTON, WV -- The 38th Regional Support Group held a change of command ceremony for incoming commander Lt. Col. Bryan G. Peterson, and outgoing commander Col. Robert M. Pelletier, Oct. 1.

The 38th RSG is a part of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and the largest Army Reserve force in the Mountain State, with subordinate units located in Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The primary mission of the 38th is to supervise subordinate units including ordnance combat service support battalions, ammunitions companies, and transportation companies.

Brig. Gen. Peter S. Lennon, Commanding General, 316th ESC, spoke to the Soldiers, family members, and friends in attendance about the importance of transition, and praised the 38th for the passion in which they serve. Brig Gen. Lennon congratulated Pelletier on a job well done, and expressed his full faith in the abilities of Peterson to assume command .

Col. Pelletier, whose wife Terry was in attendance, spoke about what an honor it was to serve as the commander of the 38th. Pelletier discussed how the 38th and the Army have become a part of his family, and his pride in and attachment to his Soldiers.

"My time here has been terrific," said Pelletier. " I would love to stay here with my troops, but one of the things with the Army (correct his speech) is moving on to face new challenges."

As Pelletier was speaking, he gave his Army cell phone to Peterson and urged him to give him a call whenever he felt the need.

Peterson, whose wife Laura and two children were in attendance, addressed the crowd with similar enthusiasm, praising the 38th for its ability and willingness to accept and complete its current and future missions, both stateside and deployed. Peterson also expressed his motivation to assume command of the 38th, always attempting to inspire his troops with professional leadership.

As part of the ceremony Pelletier was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from Brig. Gen. Lennon for his leadership, initiative, and dedication to duty while in command of the 38th.

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