Greywolf welcomes new commander
1 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Matthew Van Wagenen, outgoing commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Maj. Gen. John Thomson, commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division and Col. John Woodward, incoming commander of the 3rd ABCT, look out at ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Greywolf welcomes new commander
2 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The staff officers of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division salute the incoming and outgoing commanders during the pass in review portion of the change of command ceremony March 4 at Fort Hood, Texas. Col. John Woodward, a Killeen... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Greywolf welcomes new commander
3 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sgt. Maj. Trevor C. Walker, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division command sergeant major, marches in the pass in review portion of the brigade change of command ceremony and salutes the incoming and outgoing commanders. Col. J... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment conducts a cavalry charge at the conclusion of the change of command of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. Col. John Woodward, a Killeen, Texas, native assumed command of the 3rd ABCT from Col. Matt... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Greywolf welcomes new commander
5 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. John Woodward, incoming commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Maj. Gen. John Thomson, commander of the division, stands in front of the brigade formation during a change of command ceremony, March 4 at Fort ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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6 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Matthew Van Wagenen, outgoing commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Maj. Gen. John Thomson, division commander, and Col. John Woodward, incoming commander of the brigade stands side by side during the change of ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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7 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Teliferro Mitchell, driver for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team's, 1st Cavalry Division command sergeant major, hands Allison Woodward, spouse of Col. John Woodward, the incoming brigade commander, a bouquet of yellow roses. (U.S. Army photo ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. John Woodward, a Killeen, Texas, native and incoming commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, rides a horse from the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment to inspect the troops in the brigade formation, March 4 at ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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9 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. John Thomson, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, Col. Matthew Van Wagenen, the outgoing commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Col. John Woodward, incoming commander of the 3rd ABCT, inspects the tro... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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10 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. John Woodward, incoming commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, receives the brigade colors from Maj. Gen. John Thomson, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, in a change of command ceremony March 4 at Fort Ho... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HOOD, Texas — After two years in command of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and numerous unit successes, Col. Matthew Van Wagenen relinquished command of the Greywolf Brigade to Col. John Woodward in a ceremony on Cooper Field at Fort Hood, Texas, March 4.

Under Van Wagenen's leadership, the Soldiers of the brigade have earned many accolades.

"Today's change of command, as me and Colonel Woodward talked about this week, is really not a day for us," said Van Wagenen, a native of Pittsburgh. "It's more importantly an opportunity for the brigade to take a step further into its long history and reflect on itself and all that these fine Greywolf Soldiers have achieved."

The division commanding general and both the incoming and outgoing Greywolf commanders took the Greywolf Soldiers, friends and family members on a trip down memory lane.

"The quantity, diversity and significance of their accomplishments under Matty's watch are amazing," said Maj. Gen. John Thomson, the 1st Cavalry Division commanding general. "They include many firsts for our Army. Ground force rotations in Korea started with Greywolf. The brigade sent 1-12 Cav. to the Republic of Korea as the first combined arms battalion under a rotational model, and then followed that up with 3-8 Cav. Both of these formations paved the way for the success that we now enjoy."

Along with highlighting the brigade's successes at the National Training Center last year and the fruitful partnership with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team from the Mississippi National Guard, Thomson also made sure to underscore the Greywolf's role in the brigade redesign.

"Greywolf has also led the way in force transformation in the Army," Thomson said. "They were the first to convert to the new triangular formation in our combined arms battalions. Further, 6-9 Cav. was the first to implement the new cavalry redesign. The brigade then tested and validated these conversions providing valuable lessons for the rest of our Army."

The incoming commander, who served as the operations officer and executive officer of the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment from 2005 to 2008, previously served as the G3 of III Corps.

"What an amazing day, and I'm so proud to be able to lead such a great formation," said Woodward, a native of Killeen, Texas. "Over the last 8 months, I've had the opportunity to watch this brigade from just up the street, and I couldn't be luckier to take command from such a great leader and a great person as Matt. This past week being integrated back into the brigade has only solidified its great reputation."

After the guidon changed hands, Thomson expressed his confidence in the incoming commander and his ability carry on the expectation of Greywolf success.

"John, enjoy your time in command," Thomson said. "I know that you will ride the ride and live the legend in fine cavalry fashion. You have my full trust and confidence."

For video footage of this event, use this link: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/452814/greywolf-change-command