Warrior Brigade bid farewell to leader
Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn passes the 2nd Brigade Combat Team's colors to incoming commander Col. Anthony Lugo during a change of command ceremony on Weyand Field June 20. Lugo arrived from Afghanistan after serving as the Director, Combined Joint Opera... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team held a change of command ceremony here, June 21, to welcome a new commander and bid a fond farewell the outgoing commander.

Soldiers, friends and distinguished guests observed Col. David B. Womack relinquish command to Col. Anthony Lugo as their Warrior Brigade Soldiers stood proudly in formation.

"Most importantly, I would like to thank the Soldiers on the parade field today," said Womack. "Thank you for your sacrifices that you make; to the families to keep us safe and strong. We're lucky to have a formation of world class Soldiers and the nation's best."

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th Infantry Division commander, spoke at the event and praised Col. Womack for his leadership and dedication to the Tropic Lightning Division and its Soldiers.

"Under the tough and caring command of Dave Womack, the Soldiers of the Warrior Brigade have created positive and lasting change in the 25th Infantry Division. It's because of the unit's strong leadership. The agile and adaptive character of your organization and because of the focused, creative, inclusive and intelligent efforts of their commander." Maj. Gen. Flynn said. "Dave Womack's leadership was an essential ingredient."

Womack served as the commander for 2nd IBCT since July 21, 2014, and led the brigade as they conducted training exercises in New Zealand, as part of Exercise Lightning Strike; South Korea, Philippines, and Thailand, during Pacific Pathways 15-01. The Warrior Brigade Soldiers were the first to participate in the Army's redesigned testing for the Expert Infantry Badge and has continued to establish and rebuild relationships with local and surrounding communities.

As Womack passes the torch to Lugo, he passes a brigade that will be heading into its final stages of the transformation process into an Infantry Brigade.

"The Warrior Brigade is getting another proven warrior," Flynn said. "We are looking forward to the leadership you will exhibit every day and take this brigade to even higher readiness levels."

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