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    945th Engineer Company welcomes new commander

    945th Engineer Company welcomes new commander

    Photo By Sgt. Christine Lorenz | Capt. Jill Hoffman addresses the Soldiers of the 945th Engineer Company for the first...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Benjamin Fair 

    196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    Capt. Sulaiman Bah relinquished command of the 945th Engineer Company to Capt. Jill Hoffman during a ceremony at the Norwalk Armory in Norwalk, Ohio Jan. 11, 2020.
    Bah, who led the company since August 2017, passed the 945th colors to Hoffman, signifying the official transfer of power for the 945th.
    Bah, an immigrant from Sierra Leone, West Africa, joined the Ohio National Guard in August 2010, commissioned in 2011, and went to Basic Officer Leader Course in 2012. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2016 to 2017. In his civilian career, he works for the Ohio Department of Transportation as a facility engineer.
    “The highlights, the part I enjoyed about being a commander is, especially during Annual Training, you get to be in the field with the Soldiers, sleep out there, dig in and get dirty,” Bah said. “You work with them, trying to come up with solutions everyday.”
    Following the change of command ceremony, Bah will work for the 16th Engineer Brigade Compliance Office.
    Hoffman joined the Ohio National Guard in September 2012. She started her career with the 945th, where she served as a platoon leader under Bah. She then commanded the 5694th, 295th and the 296th Engineer Fire Detachments. In her civilian career, she works as a firefighter for the Toledo Fire Department.
    “I'm excited to just get hands on and see all the challenges and what I can do to make their mission more successful,” Hoffman said.
    The 945th has spent its entire 142-year history in Norwalk and has been an infantry and engineer unit during that time. The company has earned campaign credit for World War I, World War II and the War on Terrorism. The unit earned the Valorous Unit Award in Iraq in 2004-2005.



    Date Taken: 01.11.2020
    Date Posted: 01.12.2020 16:58
    Story ID: 358866
    Location: NORWALK, OH, US 

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