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    Change of Command for Black Knights of the 221st EMIB

    Assuming Command

    Photo By Maj. William Carraway | Major John Fuchko, incoming commander of the Georgia Army National Guard's 221st...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. William Carraway 

    Georgia National Guard

    Major John Fuchko assumed command of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 221st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion from Lt. Col. Patrick Watson during a ceremony at the Fort Gillem enclave in Atlanta, Saturday.

    “This is an important day for the battalion and an important day for these two fine officers.” said Brig. Gen. Tom Blackstock, commander of the 78th Troop Command.

    Fuchko has served in multiple positions in the 221st EMIB from platoon leadership to battalion command. In 2015, he deployed with the 221st EMIB the deputy commander alongside Lt. Col Watson.

    In his remarks following the assumption of command, Fuchko thanked his wife Sherie, his family, Soldiers of the 221st EMIB and those who mentored him throughout his military career.

    “It is my honor to lead you, and I will do so to the best of my ability,” Said Fuchko concluding with the battalion motto: Out Front.

    In recognition of his service as commander of the 221s EMIB, Lt. Col. Patrick Watson, received the Meritorious Service Medal from Blackstock who also presented Watson’s wife Noey with the Georgia Commendation Medal. Addressing the Black Knights of the 221st MI Battalion for the last time as commander, Watson praised his Soldiers, family members and staff.

    “The 221st is recognized as a premier organization and it is because of your efforts,” said Watson. Whatever challenge is placed on the unit in the future, this formation can handle it.”

    Organized in 1998, the 221st EMIB has deployed as a battalion to Iraq in 2003 and 2005. Units and teams from the 221st EMIB have deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. Most recently, Soldiers of the 221st EMIB supported efforts during Operation Inherent Resolve.



    Date Taken: 05.06.2017
    Date Posted: 05.07.2017 15:40
    Story ID: 232908
    Location: ATLANTA, GA, US 

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