News: 2nd BN, 410th FA change of command at Camp Shelby
Story by Spc. Karen Sampson
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – The 2nd Battalion, 410th Field Artillery command and colors are passed to new leadership Aug. 28, at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Headquarters.
The 177th Armored Brigade leadership, 158th Infantry Brigade leadership, Soldiers and Family Members witnessed the passing of the battalion colors from outgoing commander, Lt. Col Nicholas A. Joslin, to incoming commander, Lt. Col. Joseph A. Jackson.
The reviewing officer for the ceremony was Col. William Chlebowski, Commander of the 177th AR Bde.
“Over the course of the last 12 years of war, the organization’s mission has changed dramatically,” said Chlebowski. “It was Lt. Col. Joslin who led the transformation of this battalion from one that conducted platoon and company lanes training into one of First Army's premier staff training and exercise development organizations.”
“His training and organizational efforts during this transformation were critical in establishing a high performing team capable of providing quality staff training and exercises for units up to the Brigade level”, said Chlebowski.
Lt. Col. Joseph A. Jackson, the incoming commander, served as battalion executive officer for the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Ky.
Jackson not only takes command, but is also promoted an hour before the ceremony at the 2nd BN, 410th FA Headquarters.
“Your new commander comes to us with a wealth of experience with three combat tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq,” said Chlebowski. “Paladins, this is a day that Lt. Col. Jackson has long anticipated and an adventure that he is eager to embark upon,” he said.
On behalf of the command Mrs. Rosaland Jackson, Lt. Col. Joseph A. Jackson’s mother is presented yellow roses by Staff Sgt. Mandy Stacy, to symbolize friendship and welcome her to the battalion. Friends of the family, Elizabeth Armentrout and Debbie Asbury were also in attendance.
Jackson introduced himself to leadership and troops graciously.
“As I assume command of this organization, I am reminded that the success of our troops in battle does not happen by luck or by grim determination alone,” said Jackson. “Instead, the success of our Army is built on three pillars; realistic training, honest assessments, and high measurable standards.”
“We will continue to live up to, and enforce all of these areas,” he said.
Lt. Col. Joslin took the podium to give gratitude and bid farewell to Soldiers and community.
“What makes a unit great are always the people,” said Joslin.
“Looking back, I can proudly say the team I joined was the right team for the missions we endured. I always appreciate working with professionals. These men and women before you are true professionals,” said Joslin.
“It’s not just the folks standing before you, but everyone who has supported our goal of providing the best possible training experience for mobilized Soldiers,” he said.
Joslin will continue his military career at Ft. Leavenworth, Ks.
Date Posted:09.14.2013 22:06
Location:HATTIESBURG, MS, US
Hometown:CAMP SHELBY, MS, US
Hometown:FORT CAMPBELL, KY, US
Hometown:FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS, US
Hometown:HATTIESBURG, MS, US