Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (6/13/2018) -- The 174th Infantry Brigade said farewell to Col. Dave L. Sanders while welcoming the new commander Col. Mathew R. Maybouer during a change of command ceremony at Sharp Field on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst June 13.Prior to the ceremony, Sanders was presented the Legion of Merit and the Order of Saint Maurice by Maj. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey, Commanding General First Army Division East, who presided over the ceremony."Sir, thanks for your support over the years," said Sanders. "It has been a true honor to serve with you."Sanders, a Helotes, Texas, native, and a graduate of Texas A&M University led the "Patriot" Brigade through multi-component integrated collective training exercises that helped to achieve directed readiness requirements in accordance with the Army Total Force Policy, Department of the Army, United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and First Army directives.Speaking in front of the Brigade, Sanders thank the brigade staff and command teams."All of you truly helped to build this brigade, and made it what it is today," he said. "You are true leaders, who lead with honor."Sanders also thanked his family, primary staff, Soldiers and joint mission partners."I can't believe its been two years," he said. "It's been crazy how fast it went."
Maybouer, a Bay City, Michigan, native, and a graduate of the United States Military Academy takes command as the Brigade continues to coach, teach and train Reserve Component Forces."Today is a big day for me and my family," said Maybouer. "I am excited to be part of this unit's critical mission," he said.In his remarks, Maybouer told his new brigade that he was honored by their presence, professionalism and accomplishments."I know I have been given a special opportunity to be counted in your ranks, and I look forward to taking the next hill and moving toward the next ridgeline with you," he said. "You can find me at the front moving shoulder-to-shoulder with you, as I am excited to be your commander and to share in your future achievements."