Bayonet Brigade welcomes new commander
June 26, 2012
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers of the 120th Infantry Brigade and the Fort Hood community welcomed Col. Timothy Bush and said farewell to Col. Gary Brito during a change of command ceremony on Cameron Field June 22.
Brito commanded the 120th Infantry Brigade for two years and will now become the director of operations for III Corps and Fort Hood.
Bush recently completed a fellowship at the University of Texas in Austin. His previous assignments include the 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army Military Academy.
The 120th Infantry Brigade, which trains Army National Guard and Reserve units for overseas deployments, accomplished a great deal during the past two years and did so during a time of transition, Brito said.
"We trained nearly 100 units. You did that," Brito said during his remarks to his Soldiers in formation. "Medical units, you did it. Transportation units, you did it. Military intelligence units, you did that, too.You did an excellent job in training Soldiers to deploy, accomplishing their mission, and come home safe."
One of the unit's accomplishments included strengthening the partnership with the city of Gatesville. While the Soldiers in the 120th Infantry Brigade spent hundreds of hours each year volunteering in their adopted school and in various community celebrations, the town repaid the Soldiers in the unit and at Fort Hood with an annual military appreciation dinner and by honoring them during school district-wide Veteran's Day events.
Brito also commended the unit for its excellence in its command supply discipline program and its Family Readiness programs. Brito reminded the Soldiers that to continue to be a great brigade, they have to do these kinds of jobs well.
Maj. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commanding general of Division West, hosted the change of command ceremony.
"You (Soldiers) have numerous successes. You were the first training support brigade to transform to an operations brigade. In the past two years, you have trained more than 14,000 Soldiers," Wiggins said. "Col. Brito took on a new demobilization mission and helped make sure that hundreds of Soldiers redeployed and came home safely to be with their Families before Christmas last year. Col. Bush, it's a good time for you to be here. You have a great brigade."
"This brigade is good because of you (Soldiers). It was an honor to serve with you and beside you the past two years," Brito said.