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    1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion Changes Command

    1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion Changes Command

    Photo By Spc. Hannah Tarkelly | U.S. Army Lt. Col. Benny Collins (left), the former commander of the 1-130th Attack...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly 

    382nd Public Affairs Detachment

    MORRISVILLE, N.C. – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark VanVeldhuizen assumed command of the North Carolina Army National Guard's 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 449th Combat Aviation Brigade in place of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Benny Collins during a change of command ceremony at the 449th CAB Armory, Oct. 17, 2020.

    VanVeldhuizen took the place of Collins who has led the 1-130th ARB, known as the Panthers, through various training, missions, and deployments.

    “He [Collins] is a friend and icon within our aviation community,” VanVeldhuizen said. “I can’t thank him enough for the exceptional and selfless leadership he has provided the Panthers over the past three years.”

    Collins bid a farewell and welcomed VanVeldhuizen to his new position.

    VanVeldhuizen has continued to selflessly serve his country for 24 years in which he has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. Years of training and experience have led VanVeldhuizen to a commanding position at the 1-130th ARB.

    “It’s a true honor to assume command of such an elite team as the Panthers,” VanVeldhuizen said. “You stand ready to deploy, destroy the enemy, and win, along with supporting the citizens of North Carolina. I intend to fully support and contribute to that culture as your commander.”

    The 1-130th ARB welcomed VanVeldhuizen as families, friends, and Soldiers witness the change of command. With the passing of the guidon and a final salute to end the ceremony, VanVeldhuizen took command.

    “I have no doubt he [VanVeldhuizen] will bring great ideas and new enthusiasm to the battalion,” said U.S. Army Col. Michele Harper, 449th CAB Commander. “You can feel confident that you are getting an outstanding new commander with initiative, maturity, and a calming presence.”



    Date Taken: 10.17.2020
    Date Posted: 10.17.2020 17:25
    Story ID: 381155
    Location: NC, US

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