WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. -- Maj. Benjamin W. Klandrud assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Air Missile Defense Test Detachment (3-6 ADA AMDTD) from Capt. Kevin M. Ryan on Sept. 24 at White Sands Missile Range during a change of command ceremony.
Lt. Col. Joseph C. Scott, the 3-6 ADA Battalion Commander officiated the ceremony and provided remarks.
"Over the last year, Capt. Kevin Ryan has led the dog pound through good times and bad, through tragedy and triumph, as he and his Soldiers strove to make our branch stronger and more capable for the battlefields of tomorrow," said Scott.
The test detachment and their organization's overall mission is to support the rapid modernization of capabilities to counter existing and future aerial threats. The 3-6 ADA AMDTD has been at WSMR since 2014 conducting software testing, live-fire testing, and working on the integration of systems.
Ryan commanded the test detachment for about a year. Upon graduating from the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, he was assigned to the 11th Brigade. He took command of C Battery 1st Battalion, 43rd Army Defense Artillery where he deployed to Bahrain in support of Inherent Resolve.
"Through this past year at command through the bad times and the good I watched 138 Soldiers band together and look out for each other like a family. I am truly grateful for each one of you and will never forget you all," said Ryan. "Maj. Klandrud, welcome to the team, please look out for the Soldiers and take care of them, I know you will do a great job."
This is Klandrud's fourth permanent change of station in the El Paso and White Sands area. He was previously the Executive Officer of the Combined Task Force Defender for the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in the Republic of Korea.
"Thank you for being at today's change of command ceremony. First of all, I want to thank Col. Scott and Col. Barnette, who could not be here, for the opportunity to serve as the detachment commander," said Klandrud. "Being a leader of troops has always been the most rewarding experience in my career, I look forward to the unique challenge that this White Sands unit has."
Originally, from Brookfield, Wisconsin, Klandrud was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Air Defense Artillery Branch after graduating from Ripon College.