75th Troop Command gets new commander

Col. Wayne L. Burd passes the colors of the 75th Troop Command to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Wilson after having officially taken command of the 75th, Feb. 21. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michelle Johns, 75th Troop Command)

RICHMOND, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2010) — Soldiers gathered from around the Commonwealth to honor the service of Col. J. Hunter Matthews, Jr. and to welcome Col. Wayne L. Burd as the new commander of the Kentucky National Guard’s 75th Troop Command.

The units of the 75th Troop Command — 103rd Chemical Battalion, 751st Troop Command, the Medical Command, 201st Engineer Battalion, and the 206th Engineer Battalion — stood in formation as Matthews transferred command to Burd by the ceremonial passing of the 75th’s colors.  Following the changing of command, Matthews was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding service while in command of the 75th.

Burd enters his new command having most recently served as the Operations Officer (J3) for the Kentucky National Guard.  Burd was welcomed into his new posting by Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, Deputy Commander, JFHQ.

Matthews will begin preparation for his next command, the second Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team, which will mobilize for deployment to Afghanistan in May.

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