CAMP AS SAYLIYA, Qatar -- Lt. Col. Tonya Sebold took command of the 401st Army Field Support Battalion-Qatar during a change of command ceremony, here, April 13.
Sebold assumed command from Lt. Col. Carl Hennemann, who held the position since 2015. Hennemann is now slated to take over as the Deputy G-3 (operations) of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command.
Col. Aaron Stanek, commander, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, presided over the ceremony.
"Today we gather to recognize, thank, and bid farewell to Lt. Col. Carl Hennemann after two years of command in a vital location in Southwest Asia," Stanek said. "Lt. Col. Hennemann took command of the Army Field Support Battalion-Qatar just over two years ago, and during those two years, he has truly dedicated himself to the battalion's mission."
To mark the transfer of command, Master Sgt. Jerome Roebuck, senior enlisted advisor of AFSBn-Qatar, handed the unit colors to Hennemann, who then passed them to Stanek. Stanek continued the rotation to Sebold. With her position as commander established, Sebold then passed the colors back to Roebuck for safekeeping.
In his farewell remarks, Hennemann thanked his unit and his family, and welcomed Sebold.
"Commanding the AFSBn-Qatar was not only a great privilege but also a humbling experience because of all the phenomenal personnel I was able to work with," Hennemann said. "I would also like to thank my wife Vanessa and my kids Carlos and Isabelle for making the best of this adventure and being the source of my motivation to lead this great team of teams.
"Although I'll miss the AFSBn-Qatar team I leave with no reservations of the way ahead because I know it will be left under the superb leadership of Lt. Col. Tonya Sebold."
Sebold comes to Qatar from the Rapid Equipping Force at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
"It is my honor and privilege to assume command of the AFSBn-Qatar," Sebold said. I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you."
Sebold was joined at the ceremony by her parents.
"Thank you to my family, especially my father and mother for taking this awesome journey with me," Sebold said. "I am truly blessed."