FORT TOTTEN, N.Y. -- The Army Reserve's 151st Theater Information Operations Group began a new chapter in their history book during a change of command ceremony held August 15 in Queens, New York.
Col. Curtis Carney took the helm of the group from Col. Molly McGlaughlin during the ceremony that recognized not only the leaders but also Soldiers and families of the 151st TIOG.
Hosted by Brig. Gen. Christopher Stockel, the deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), the 151st TIOG is scheduled to be realigned in October from the 76th U.S. Army Reserve Operational Response Command, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, to USACAPOC(A), which is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Stockel said he was confident Soldiers standing in formation would continue the tradition of success within the TIOG and that success was the direct result of the young Soldiers and their families' support.
"Without our family members support we would not be the Army Reserve of today and none of this successes would be a reality," he said.
Stockel told the Soldiers to focus their efforts on readiness -- both as an individual and as a team.
"You must develop your leadership skills to be relevant in the Army Reserve," he said. "You have to take care of your professional military education as well as your civilian education. I recommend you take advantage of the high-quality NCO corps you have within your formations."
With more than 300 Soldiers, the 151st TIOG was activated Oct. 4, 2009 at Fort Totten. The group has two information operations battalions and is one of only four units of its type in the nation.
The IO mission is to synchronize related capabilities comprised of electronic warfare, psychological operations, operations security, and network operations with the overarching objective of gaining, maintaining and controlling the information environment on the battlefield.
Carney said coming to the 151st TIOG was something he was excited about and looked forward to taking the group to the next level.
"About 30 months ago, the 151st started having a market increase in anything I could track as related to readiness and manpower," he said. "I knew I could go to the 151st TIOG to get qualified, ready-to-go Soldiers willing to volunteer to missions. You are the 'go to' TIOG in the Army Reserve."
Carney said success doesn't come without costs. "I understand the work that goes into being the best, and I want to thank you and your families for the sacrifices you have made. No one said being in the Army Reserve was easy."
The 151st TIOG supports contingency operations around the world with primary support to the European Command and the African Command.
Stockel said the 151st TIOG is a critical resource to both the Army Service Component Commands overseas and the geographical combatant commanders.
"You have unique, needed capabilities within the Army," he said. "You can provide them your real-world expertise overseas on missions."
For the past several years as the group commander, McGlaughlin said her mission was to give information operations a voice.
"I am very passionate about IO and have fought diligently to ensure our IO community has a voice," she said. "I ask each of you to find your own voice and promote the impact IO can have on preventing conflicts, gaining an advantage and saving lives."
She stressed the importance of educating senior leaders what IO Soldiers bring to the fight.
"Question the status quo and creatively find ways to solve problems our leaderships face," she said. "Speak up when you have value to add and always have a solution."
The Army has four TIOGs: the 56th in Tacoma, Washington, and 71st in Austin, Texas, both with the Army National Guard; and the 151st at Fort Totten, New York, and 152nd at Camp Parks, California, both with the U.S. Army Reserve.
The 151st TIOG unit crest displays the Twin Towers with a banner that reads in Latin "Nos Memor-- We Remember."