NATICK, Mass. (June 20, 2013) -- Two years and 10 days after taking the leadership of the U.S. Army Garrison- Natick, Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak handed off command to Lt. Col. Brian Greata in a June 20 ceremony at the Natick Soldier Systems Center.

Prior to the ceremony, Sobchak received the Meritorious Service Medal for his time in command of the Natick garrison.

"I was fortunate to have many tenant leaders who went out of their way every day to help me and the garrison," Sobchak said. "Sometimes it was simply providing information on a trend or a problem that we weren't seeing clearly. Other times, it was their flexibility and understanding."

Sobchak said he was appreciative of the support he has received.

"I was also incredibly fortunate throughout this entire process to have the assistance, counsel, and love of my wonderful wife, Lt. Col. Risa Sobchak. You are the best wife and partner I could have ever wished for and I am so lucky to be your husband."

Davis Tindoll, director of the Atlantic Region, United States Army Installation Management Command, also had great things to say about Sobchak.

"The Army does not train Soldiers to be garrison commanders," Tindoll said. "But it does develop leaders- leaders who are capable, innovative, and motivated, to handle the challenges of command.

"Lt. Col. Sobchak is one of those outstanding leaders. Over the last two years of his command, Lt. Col. Sobchak has been a champion."

Tindoll emphasized Sobchak being a champion of physical fitness, readiness, community involvement, and most importantly, of this great installation.

"His accomplishments have been many during his tenure," Tindoll said. "Most importantly, Frank demonstrated leadership and was a champion of the workforce; leading this garrison as they provided world class customer service during reshaping and sequestration.

"Frank, you have done well and I am very proud of your success. I know the Natick community is proud of you and thankful for the achievements your leadership has brought to this community."

With bidding farewell to one commander, we welcome another.

"Lt. Col. Greata, a career special operations Soldier, has held a variety of command and operational assignments to include multiple deployments," Tindoll said. "His assignments, extensive experience and military education offer impeccable credentials for command of this garrison.

"I am confident that with your demonstrated leadership, you will build on the successes of your predecessor. The challenges are many, but I am confident you will bring new energy and excellence to Natick."

Greata says he is thankful for all the help he has received while preparing for his command.

"Getting to know each (directorate) and (its) missions has been a pleasure," Greata said. "As I continue to orient myself to the post and its tenants, I look forward to getting to know each of you better as well."

The new commander spoke of the welcome he received.

"My family and I are very happy to be here at Natick," said Greata. "We've appreciated your warm welcome and assistance we've received from everyone on post and in the community. And of course, I'm very excited to take command of the great Soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Garrison- Natick."