News: MEDIA ADVISORY: 166th Aviation Brigade to change commanders
FORT HOOD, Texas — The 166th Aviation Brigade will receive a new commander during a change of command ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, here at Cameron Field near Division West Headquarters, Building 410.
Col. Christopher E. Albus will replace Col. Kevin A. Vizzarri, who has commanded the 166th since July 2012. Vizzarri plans to retire from the Army.
Albus’ last assignment was as director of the Aviation Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command on West Fort Hood, Texas.
Visitors may obtain a one-day special event pass and directions to Cameron Field at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on T.J. Mills Boulevard.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony and will be held at Palmer Theater, Building 334, on 31st Street, Fort Hood, Texas.
The 166th Aviation Brigade's mission is to mobilize, train, and validate Reserve Component Aviation units to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders. The unit’s officers, noncommissioned officers, soldiers and Department of the Army Civilian employees provide congressionally mandated training support to Reserve Component Aviation units which comprise 49 percent of the Army’s total Aviation force. Since January 2008, the 166th Aviation Brigade has provided post-mobilization training for 24,974 soldiers and 127 deploying units. Under Vizzarri’s command, the brigade trained 43 units and 5,477 Soldiers.
Media representatives interested in attending the change of command ceremony should arrive at the Fort Hood Marvin Leath Visitors Center no later than 8:15 a.m. to be escorted to the event.
For more information about the 166th Aviation Brigade or the change of command ceremony, contact Jay Adams of the Division West Public Affairs Office at (254) 553-5003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org