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    Lt. Col. Brenchley Assumes Command of 97th Troop Command

    97th TC Change of Command

    Photo By Sgt. Jordan Hack | Lt. Col. Steven T. Brenchley, incoming 97th Troop Command (97th TC) commander, hands...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Jordan Hack 

    128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Col. Scott K. Burnhope relinquished command of 97th Troop Command (97th TC), Utah National Guard (UTNG) to Lt. Col. Steven T. Brenchley during a change of command ceremony at Camp Williams, Sep. 15.

    Burnhope spoke about his focus on unit readiness during his three year tenure as commander. This focus included heavy concentration on several areas of individual readiness such as physical fitness, job qualification, and collective tasks.

    "I’m proud to stand here in front of you after the last three years as your commander," said Burnhope. "It’s been an honor."

    The Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, UTNG, reviewing officer for the ceremony, was impressed with Burnhope's tenure.

    "I’ve never known a more honorable, more capable leader than Scott Burnhope," said Burton. "He’s no nonsense. It’s hard to get him to smile sometimes, but I can tell you that he loves you and that he cares deeply about Soldiers, and that he demonstrates that every day."

    Burton presented Burnhope with the Meritorious Service Medal for his three years as commander of the 97th TC.

    "I’m privileged to follow previous great commanders, and humbled to move this organization forward with all of you," said Brenchley, incoming 97th TC commander.

    Brenchley reflected on the story of his childhood dentist, Wendell McGarry, A prisoner of war survivor from World War II. He expressed his appreciation for McGarry's hardships, and stressed that "we can do hard things."

    Brenchley is assuming command of more than 500 Soldiers, having previously served as a liaison officer for the 4th Infantry Division Mission Command Post-Operational Detachment.

    After watching Brenchley for many years, Burton expressed his confidence in Brenchley as a capable successor to Burnhope, due to his understanding of the unit's mission and his principle-based leadership capabilities.



    Date Taken: 09.16.2018
    Date Posted: 09.16.2018 10:27
    Story ID: 293004
    Location: CAMP WILLIAMS, UT, US 

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