Casada takes charge of Kentucky training institute

By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Col. Jeff Casada receives the colors of the 238th Regiment from Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell during a change of command ceremony at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Aug. 20, 2016. Casada took charge from outgoing commander, Col. Hal Lamberton. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman)

Col. Jeff Casada receives the colors of the 238th Regiment from Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell during a change of command ceremony at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Aug. 20, 2016. Casada took charge from outgoing commander, Col. Hal Lamberton. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman)

GREENVILLE, Ky. – The 238th Regimental Training Institute honored Col. Haldane Lamberton as he relinquished command to Col. Jeffery Casada during a change of command ceremony Aug. 20, at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky.

The 238th Regiment is home to the Officer Candidate School (OCS) and two training battalions. The 238th faculty and staff host various training courses including military occupational specialty training, additional skill identifier training, and Non-Commissioned Officer Education System.

Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, Assistant Adjutant General for Kentucky, presided over the ceremony and passed the colors from Lamberton to Casada.

Campbell recognized Lamberton and members of the 238th for their accomplishments during the last three years.

“This Regiment has the responsibility to train the finest Soldiers in the world as a partner in the Army school system,” said Campbell.

Last year, the 238th received the highest level of accreditation by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The unit was named an Institute of Excellence, this distinction places the 238th in the top ten percent of the National Guard training organizations, said Campbell.

Lamberton received the Legion of Merit Award and was presented with a framed 238th Regiment guidon.

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“It’s been a terrific experience because of the skill and professionalism of the 238th’s faculty and staff,” said Lamberton. “Since the cadre is comprised of officers and non-commissioned officers, it’s the most experienced group I’ve ever been a part of”.

Moving from the Logistics Directorate at Frankfort, Casada now assumes command of the 238th.

Casada, a London, Kentucky native, joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in 1986 after serving a three year enlistment on active duty in the Army. He was commissioned a second lieutenant after graduating from the Kentucky Military Academy Officer Candidate School in 1988.

“28 years ago I was going through OCS right here and I would’ve never dreamed of coming back to be commander,” said Casada,

Casada recognized the importance of commanding the schoolhouse for Kentucky.

“It’s exciting to me to be tasked with training the force and sending Soldiers back to units more knowledgeable and professional than when they first arrived in the Guard,” he said.

During his 33 years of military service, Casada has held numerous command and staff positions, and completed three overseas deployments which include; Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004, and twice to Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom in 2008, and as a member of Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II in 2010.

He has been employed by the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Cooperative Extension Service since 1991.

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