By Spc. Bradley Wancour (FORSCOM)January 29, 2013
FORT HOOD, Texas - The 1st Medical Brigade held a change of command ceremony at Fort Hood's Abrams Physical Fitness Center, Jan. 16.
The outgoing commander, Col. Bruce McVeigh, complimented his troops, who he commanded for more than two and a half years.
"Soldiers of the 1st Med. Brigade, you look superb assembled before us today," McVeigh said. "As I look out across the brigade representation, I am as humbled as the day I took command almost 32 months ago."
During his time with the unit, McVeigh had the opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan with his troops.
"It has been a busy and rewarding tour that ended in what is the pinnacle for any brigade commander: to be able to deploy to combat with our soldiers," McVeigh said.
In addition to recounting his history with the 1st Med. Brigade, also known as the Silver Knights, McVeigh acknowledged the accomplishments of the unit before his time.
"This Silver Knight team has played a key role in recent history's wars back since WWI, by providing battlefield care across the medical continuum," he said.
McVeigh welcomed the incoming commander, Col. Bertram Providence, with warm wishes and words of encouragement.
"His [Providence's] focus and medical acumen will be spot on," McVeigh said. "There is no doubt that this great officer will lead and care for these outstanding soldiers and families."
Providence thanked the outgoing commander, noting their shared career paths.
"Col. McVeigh, you have taken the team to unprecedented heights in discipline and readiness, and I am thankful for that," Providence said. "Our paths have crossed several times before, and I cannot name a better person to follow."
Providence then turned his eye to the troops assembled before him.
"To the soldiers, civilians and family members of the 1st Med. Brigade," he said, "I challenge you to look out for each other."