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    201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade change of command

    201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade change of command

    Photo By Sgt. James Bunn | Col. Daniel E. Soller, outgoing commander 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. James Bunn 

    5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Soldiers from the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade said goodbye to their outgoing commander and welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony July 22 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

    The ceremony also marked the formal transition of the 201st from a battlefield surveillance brigade to an expeditionary military intelligence brigade. There are only three expeditionary military intelligence brigades in the Army.

    After serving as the commander of the 201st for over two years Col. Daniel E. Soller relinquished command of the unit to Col. Constantin E. Nicolet.

    “Today we say farewell to a commander who has done amazing things for this organization,” said Maj. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell, commanding general 7th Infantry Division.

    Ferrell said during Soller’s tenure as the brigade commander the unit conducted operations providing timely and meaningful intelligence to allied commanders around the world.

    “This is the only brigade in our division that has continuously had some element deployed somewhere in the world since I have been here,” said Ferrell. “The Soldiers in this organization support real world contingency operations and they do it flawlessly. They have not missed a beat in their mission and I attribute that to the leadership of Col. Soller.”

    “It has been an honor to command this unit,” said Soller. “As we have converted over the past seven months to an expeditionary M.I. brigade, we have gotten smaller, more agile and more connected. The success of this organization will be measured by exceptionally well trained, small teams ready to provide expert intelligence to our nation’s military.”

    Soller will go on to serve as the Intelligence and Security Command’s plans officer at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

    The new commander comes to the 201st from the U.S. Army War College. Ferrell said Nicolet is a proven warfighter with the ability to lead the brigade to a higher level of capability.

    Nicolet is not new to the Pacific Northwest, he served as the intelligence officer for the 2nd Ranger Battalion at JBLM, between 2003 and 2005.

    “It is great to be back at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after a 10 year absence,” he said.

    “It is a distinct honor to be given command of this organization, and an exciting time as the unit continues its transition,” said Nicolet. “While this brigade reduces its size, it in no way reduces the importance of the missions that it will undertake in the future.”



    Date Taken: 07.22.2015
    Date Posted: 07.23.2015 17:00
    Story ID: 170933

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