773rd Civil Support Team welcomes new commander
Lt. Col Leslie M. Dillard (left) accepts the colors as the new commander of the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Civil Support Command, from Brig. Gen. Mark S. Hendrix, the commanding general of the 7th CSC, during the change of command ceremony Nov. 1, at NCO Field on Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany --Lt. Col Leslie M. Dillard assumed command of the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Civil Support Command, from Maj. Michael J. Stribrny at NCO Field on Daenner Kaserne, here Nov. 1.

Stribrny, a native of Toledo, Ohio, closes out a short but highly successful command, having assumed the position in May 2011 as the acting commander while waiting for the arrival of Dillard.

According to Brig. Gen Mark S. Hendrix, the commanding general of the 7th CSC, Stribrny has been anything but an "acting" commander.

"He (Stribrny) acted every day, tirelessly, decisively, and always correctly," said Hendrix.

Stribrny has been with the unit since 2009 and will remain with the 773rd CST as the deputy commander. In his closing remarks, Stribrny thanked his superiors for their trust, confidence and support in choosing him to lead the 773rd CST and characterized his command time as a "successful, safe, and challenging experience."

Lt. Col Dillard, who hails from Huntsville, Ala., is an "Army brat" whose father is an Army chief warrant officer five, and a prior service enlisted Soldier. Dillard brings a wealth of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear experience to her new duty having served previously as Chief of Homeland Defense for the 335th Signal Command with responsibility of 85 percent of the U.S. Army Reserve CBRN forces. Dillard also stood up the first Biological Integrated Detection System Company at Ft. McClellan, Ala., and developed the initial doctrine for mass casualty decontamination.

The 773rd CST is the only active Army Reserve Civil Support Team stationed outside of the continental U.S. and its territories and is capable of deploying in support of U.S. Army Europe in response to a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident.

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