Company Change of Command

It’s not often that the Brigade Chaplain prays at a company-level Change of Command ceremony (except for the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company), but one of the brigade’s battalions  is currently without a chaplain, so I was called on to offer the prayer. Company Change of Command ceremonies are enjoyable for me as I watch young captains hand over -or take on- command often for the first time. They have much of their Army careers still ahead of them, so it’s an honor to pray for God to bless and help them to be courageous, honorable and Soldiers of integrity.

Here are a few pictures from the ceremony, though it’s not often when there’s a picture of the chaplain praying. I’m not sure if that’s because the photographer pauses to pray so doesn’t take a picture or because the prayer is just peripheral to the main event.

B-Co Change of Command
The Battalion Commander addressing the attendees (you can see me sitting to the right, having already prayed)
B-Co Change of Command
The outgoing commander addressing his troops and the guests at the ceremony (there I am again)
B-Co Change of Command
The incoming commander addressing his company, and the guests
B-Co Change of Command
The new commander taking charge of his troops
B-Co Change of Command
The new commander at the front of the formation of his new command

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Photos from the 719th MI BN Facebook page.

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