Lt. Col. Thomas E. Toler, commander of the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas M. Holycross uncase and unfurl Delta Company's guidon at the company's activation ceremony held April 23 at the Fort Meade Museum.

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (May 10, 2012) -- The guidon of Delta Company, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th MI Brigade, was unfurled for the first time during an activation ceremony on April 23 at the Fort Meade Museum.

The guidon was uncased by Lt. Col. Thomas E. Toler, commander of the 781st MI Battalion, and the battalion's command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas M. Holycross.

The guidon was passed to Capt. Matthew K. Lembright, entrusting him to care for and lead the unit as its first company commander.

"As a relatively new battalion, we are accustomed to a lot of firsts," Toler said in his speech. "However, today's ceremony is extra special to me personally because it is the first time I've had the opportunity to activate a new company. This activation ceremony also is significant because it marks yet another milestone in the growth of the Army's cyberspace operations capability.

"You can't have a great unit without great leaders, and I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome a new company command team to our battalion.

"The commander of Delta Company, Captain Matthew Lembright, is a proven leader. He comes highly recommended by both his own peers and by a couple of his former battalion commanders, which I know personally. And through my personal interaction with Captain Lembright over the last few weeks, I am positive he is the perfect man to command this company."

Lembright graciously thanked his superior officers and staff for their trust.

"Today is not about me taking command; it is about us, Delta Company, making history and coming into our own," he said.

Lembright then addressed his troops.

"What I expect from you is your utmost effort to serve the mission, the Army and the United States with everything you have," he said. "It is my promise to you that I will give all that I have and take care of you.

"Be proud of the reputation that precedes you. Be proud of the company we become today and the family that we will be."

The ceremony was immediately followed with a reception in the museum.

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