103rd Brigade Support Battalion joins together to pass the torch of leadership

Photos by Sgt. Paul Evans, 103rd BSB Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative

103rd Flag Salute

Four leaders from the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion, 138th Fires Brigade render a salute during the National Anthem at a Change of Command Ceremony in Harrodsburg, Ky. on October 27, 2013. Pictured from left to right are: Col. Brian Wertzler of Lexington, Ky., the 138th Fires Brigade Commander; Lt. Col. Jeff Casada of London, Ky., the outgoing 103rd BSB Commander; the incoming 103rd BSB Commander, Lt. Col. David Reed of Florence, Ky.; and the 103rd’s Senior Noncommissioned Officer, Command Sgt. Maj. William Cox of Campbellsville, Ky. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Paul Evans)

HARRODSBURG, Ky.–Dozens of Soldiers gathered on the Mercer County High School soccer field on a warm, windy Sunday in Harrodsburg, Ky., Oct. 27, 2013. While some Soldiers continually ran practice drills on their 105-millimeter canons, others walked through the ceremony about to take place.

On that day, the Soldiers of Harrodsburg-based 103rd Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 138th Fires Brigade came together from their respective units in Harrodsburg, Frankfort, and Danville along with the top leadership from Lexington’s 138th Headquarters to celebrate the passing of leadership from outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Jeff Casada of London, Ky. to incoming Commander Lt. Col. David Reed of Florence, Ky.

As Col. David Wertzler, Commander of the 138th presided over the ceremony, the two 103rd BSB leaders took time to recall fond memories and gratitude for the opportunity to lead such a distinguished Unit as the 103rd before the canons sounded to mark the passing of leadership from one Commander to another. These photos are simply a few moments to capture that.

 

Harrodsburg Command Handoff

Lt. Col. David Reed (right) of Florence, Ky. receives the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion, 138th Fires Brigade’s Unit flag from the 138th Commander, Col. Brian Wertzler (center) during a Change of Command Ceremony in Harrodsburg, Ky. Reed replaced Lt. Col. Jeff Casada (left) of London, Ky. as the fourth Commander of the 103rd since the Army National Guard unit’s re-formation in 2008 on October 27, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Paul Evans)

Gathering of the 103rd

Col. Brian Wertzler (pictured far left), the 138th Fires Brigade Commander addresses Soldiers of the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion, 138th Fires Brigade during a Change of Command Ceremony in Harrodsburg, Ky. on October 27, 2013. Lt. Col. David Reed of Florence, Ky. assumed Command of the 103rd from Lt. Col. Jeff Casada of London, Ky. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Paul Evans)

Honoring Col. Casada

Command Sgt. Maj. William Cox (right) of Campbellsville, Ky. presents a plaque honoring Lt. Col. Jeff Casada (center) of London, Ky. in Harrodsburg, Ky. on October 27, 2013. Casada, who commanded the 103rd for two years, passed leadership on to Lt. Col. David Reed (not pictured) of Florence, Ky. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Paul Evans)

Harrodsburg Canon-Fire

A 105-millimeter howitzer canon fires to mark the changing of commanders for Harrodsburg, Ky.’s 103rd Brigade Support Battalion, 138th Fires Brigade on October 27, 2013. Lt. Col. David Reed of Florence, Ky. assumed Command of the 103rd from Lt. Col. Jeff Casada of London, Ky. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Paul Evans)

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