By Maj. Jennifer ButlerAugust 15, 2011
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- The 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion conducted a change of command ceremony Aug. 4, on Fort Huachuca’s historic Brown Parade Field. The ceremony honored outgoing commander, Lt. Col Troy Douglas and welcomed incoming commander, Lt. Col. Andrew McClelland.
After the traditional passing of the colors, Col. Patrick Dedham, 11th Signal Brigade commander, welcomed the family and friends of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and thanked them for their support.
Dedham said, “We are especially happy today as we welcome a very qualified and experienced leader to take command of the 40th Signal Battalion. He is absolutely deserving of taking command, and we look forward to serving with him.”
McClelland is a native of Greenburg, Pa. He is a distinguished military graduate of West Virginia University where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering and was commissioned as an armor officer. He earned his master’s degree in business and organizational security.
McClelland’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Battalion Motor Officer Course, the Signal Officer Branch Qualification Course, the 82nd Airborne Division’s Advanced Airborne School Jumpmaster Course, the Signal Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff Course.
In his speech, McClelland said, “I am very proud to be standing here today and humbled with the opportunity of taking command, and I realize that none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of my family.”
Douglas remains at Fort Huachuca and has been reassigned to the Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army).