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    IRONHORSE assumption of Command

    IRONHORSE assumption of Command

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Christopher Hammond | Brig. Gen. Brett Sylvia, acting commander, 1st Cavalry Division, passes the 1st...... read more read more

    ZAGAN-Poland – Col. Jon W. Meredith assumed command from Col. Ryan M. Hanson of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team “IRONHORSE,” 1st Cavalry Division, Zagan, Poland May 14.

    The assumption of command ceremony marked the passing of command of the IRONHORSE Brigade from Hanson to Meredith. IRONHORSE is currently deployed across Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve.

    “It has been an honor leading these amazing Troopers and leaders,” said Hanson. “This rotation presented the Brigade with many unique challenges. To see how these Troopers banded together, going above and beyond not only accomplishing the mission, but exceeding all expectations, is truly humbling as a Commander,” Hanson added.

    The IRONHORSE Brigade has completed more than 100 missions across dozens of NATO allied and European partnered countries.

    “This Brigades footprint can be felt from the United Kingdom to Georgia as our Troopers have executed operations, fostered partnerships and cultivated friendships across Europe,” said Meredith. “I am truly humbled and proud to lead each and every IRONHORSE Trooper because the real deterrent is not military power, it is people and our relationships,” Meredith added.

    The ceremony was a representation of the IRONHORSE Brigade’s continued partnership with Poland as Gen. Jaroslaw Mika, Poland’s land forces commander, Andrzej Katarzyniec, mayor of Zagan, Maj. Gen. Piotr Trytek, commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Division, were among the Polish distinguished guests in attendance.

    “Honored! To see our Polish counterparts, from the Polish commanding general to the Polish Army band, in attendance truly highlights our continued partnership and growing friendship here,” said Hanson. “I am saddened to leave such incredible Troopers and leaders but know, under Colonel Meredith, this IRONHORSE family will continue to do outstanding things,” Hanson added.

    Hanson, who relinquished command of the IRONHORSE brigade and will become the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Jackson commander, passed the brigade colors to Brig. Gen. Brett Sylvia, acting commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division, signifying his last act as the IRONHORSE commander.

    “Thank you,” Meredith said speaking to Hanson. “You’ve done a masterful job in a short time. You were the right commander at the right time,” added Meredith.

    Meredith, once receiving the brigade colors from Sylvia, handed the colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Calvin Hall, IRONHORSE, command sergeant major, signifying Meredith’s first act as the Brigade commander.

    “It’s time to move forward and forge something new,” Meredith said. “There is no place I’d rather be, no organization I’d rather be in and no group of people I’d rather serve with. I promise to earn the privilege of being an IRONHORSE Trooper every day,” added Meredith.



    Date Taken: 05.14.2021
    Date Posted: 05.17.2021 04:59
    Story ID: 396568
    Location: PL

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