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    ‘Durables’ conduct change of command, casing ceremony

    ‘Durables’ conduct change of command, casing ceremony

    Photo By Sgt. Takita Lawery | Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen M. Harris, 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. senior noncommissioned...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Takita Lawery 

    1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - “I am Col. Law, and I am a ‘Big Red One’ Soldier.”

    Col. Robert A. Law III first spoke those words when he took command of the 1st Inf. Div. Sustainment Brigade two years ago, and he recited them again to conclude his command June 10.

    After numerous assignments to the 1st Inf. Div., Law, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka N. O’Neal, relinquished their duties during a change of command and responsibility ceremony at Cavalry Parade Field on Fort Riley.

    The “Durable” brigade welcomed Col. Allen T. Cassell and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen M. Harris to its ranks.
    Cassell’s last assignment was attending the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Harris’ most recent assignment was as the senior noncommissioned officer of the 188th Brigade Support Battalion, 18th Fires Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    In conjunction with the change of command and responsibility, Cassell and Harris cased the brigade's colors ahead of the Durable brigade's nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve.

    Cassell said with Law leaving a legacy of professional leadership and strong ties to the community, he would uphold all standards to strengthen the legacy of the brigade.
    Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, the 1st Inf. Div. acting senior mission commander and deputy commanding general for support, praised Law’s command philosophy.

    “Anyone that knows Col. Law knows that he brings a style of command that is unique, impeccable, solid, and not flamboyant, Wesley said. “He is humble, honest and to the point.”

    During his tenure, Law led the brigade in multiple successful training events, including a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation to Fort Polk, Louisiana.

    At Fort Riley, he led the brigade during many support operations assisting Big Red One units as they deployed to contingency operations around the world while also maintaining command and control over Durable units deployed to Romania and Kuwait. Law also worked to improve community relationships in the Flint Hills region by strengthening the unit’s relationship with partners in Wabaunsee County, Topeka, Manhattan, and the Kansas State University women’s basketball and golf teams.
    Law expressed how fortunate and grateful he was to have served with the great men and women of Fort Riley and surrounding communities.

    “It has been my honor and privilege to command the great 1st Sust. Bde. over the past two years,” Law said. “I leave command proud of all that the Soldiers of this brigade have accomplished in sustaining the ‘Big Red One’ and Fort Riley as well as the numerous deployments, training exercises, and community partnerships.”

    Law will go on to serve in the office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. O’Neal will go on to serve at the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas.



    Date Taken: 06.08.2015
    Date Posted: 08.17.2015 11:35
    Story ID: 173401
    Location: FORT RILEY, KS, US 

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