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Dewitt Resident Takes Command of Michigan Army National Guard Unit
October 8, 2010
Lansing, Mich. - The 631st Troop Command located in Lansing conducted a
battalion change of command ceremony on Oct. 2, 2010 at the Joint Forces
Reserve Center in Lansing, Mich.
Lt. Col. Rhoda Daniel, outgoing commander, passed the battalion colors to
incoming commander, Lt. Col. Jefferey Connell. In attendance at the ceremony
were Brig. Gen. Michael Nevin, Brig. Gen. Michael Stone, Col. James
Bartolacci, Col. Daniel Leatherman, Col. Walter Wingard and State Command
Sgt. Maj. Delbert Husband.
Incoming commander Connell, was previously the Military Support Deputy
Director in Lansing. Connell resides in Dewitt, Mich. with his wife Tammi.
The change of command ceremony is one of the Army's most significant
ceremonies. The passing of the battalion colors from the outgoing commander
through the brigade commander to the incoming commander symbolizes a passing
of trust and confidence, as well as a charge of responsibility from the
former commander to the new commander. The return of the colors to the
Command Sergeant Major symbolizes the bond between the commissioned and
Photo: Brig. Gen. Michael Nevin (left) salutes incoming 631st Troop Commander
Jeffery Connell during a change of command ceremony held Oct. 2, 2010 at the
Joint Forces Reserve Center in Lansing, Mich.
(For more information, contact Eric Beavervogel at (517) 481-8270)