By Mr. Wallace McBride (Fort Jackson)July 19, 2019
Lt. Col. Steven J. Knight and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Dirks transferred the authority of Task Force Marshall to Lt. Col. Umi McInnis and Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Winchester in a ceremony July 12 at the Solomon Center on Fort Jackson.
Task Force Marshall falls under the Army Training Center's Leader Training Brigade, and is in charge of training Navy individual augmentees prior to deployment to the Middle East.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be able to take command of Task Force Marshall," McInnis said. "From my first assignment as platoon leader to brigade S3, this is something I have works towards and I look forward to the challenges ahead.
"It is a rare opportunity that we have to work with our sister service and we will take full advantage," McInnis said.
The Task Force Marshall training mission was formed in 2004, with the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) taking responsibility of the mission for the U.S. Army Reserve to provide a 12 day basic skills refresher course to mobilized Individual Ready Reserve Soldiers.
That mission shifted in 2005 to providing basic rifle marksmanship and first aid to individual augmentees with the Navy who are being deployed to many parts of the world, including the Horn of Africa, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan in support of the U.S. Army command missions in those locations.
"Lt. Col. McInnis and Command Sgt. Maj. Winchester, you have the full support of the Leader Training Brigade 24/7," said Col. Brian Beckno, Leader Training Brigade commander. "Whatever you need, the brigade will be there for you. Congratulations and welcome to the team."