Cavallini takes charge of 149th Brigade Support Battalion

Story by Spc. Vincent Willingham, 149th BSB Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative

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Lt. Col. Ruth Graves passes the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Jerry Morrison, commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade to relinquish her command of the 149th Brigade Support Battalion during a change of command ceremony at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., April 27, 2014. Maj. Kent Cavallini assumed command of the unit. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

GREENVILLE, Ky. — Members of the 149th Brigade Support Battalion and distinguished guests witnessed the change of command ceremony occur between outgoing commander Lt. Col. Ruth Graves and new commander, Maj. Kent Cavallini at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, April 27, 2014.

As the 149th Brigade Commander Lt. Col. Jerry L. Morrison passed the Battalion colors from Graves to Cavallini, the change of command was official. Morrison said both commanders have worked hard to ready the unit for its intense upcoming training schedule.

Lt. Col. Graves was instrumental preparing the unit for collective training after returning from Operation New Dawn in Iraq. Her leadership was pivotal to the successful transition and preparation,” he said.

Maj. Cavallini assumes command with a focus on unit readiness and leader development. He takes over as the operational tempo increases supporting a brigade training event this training year,  a brigade warfighter exercise, and an externally evaluated Brigade training event in 2016.”

“Maj. Cavallini is an outstanding officer with impeccable values and is very deserving this opportunity to lead and train Soldiers,” said Morrison.

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During the ceremony on April 27, 2014, red roses were presented to Graves’ husband, signifying the loving concern he has shown the battalion over the last two years. Yellow rosebuds were presented to Mrs. Cavallini. The yellow rosebuds signify the blossoming relationship she will form with the Soldiers and families of the battalion.

When asked about her most memorable experience as battalion commander, Graves summed it up by saying that in “building relationships over her career has made all the difference.”

She has been able to form bonds with people that “you can’t get any other way.” A key piece of advice Graves wanted to leave with the battalion was to “not just meet the standard, but always exceed it to get ahead.”

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