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    703rd BSB bids farewell to Jennings, welcomes Dickey

    703rd BSB farewells Jennings, welcomes Dickey

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Justin McClarran | Soldiers assigned to the “Maintain Battalion," 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd...... read more read more

    FORT STEWART, Ga. – Lt. Col. Harley P. Jennings, outgoing commander of the "Maintain Battalion," 703rd Brigade Support Battalion," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, relinquished command on June 14 to Lt. Col. Joel A Dickey during the 703rd's a change of command ceremony on Cottrell Field at Fort Stewart. The Maintain Battalion is at the tip of the spear of U.S. Army modernization, supporting the reception, fielding and maintenance of the Army's most modern vehicle platforms and equipment.

    “Leaders and Soldiers that have been growing with me from the start," said Jennings during his address to the formation and guests at the ceremony. "I needed everything that you all had to achieve my vision for this organization. The greatest compliment I can give you today is that what you gave was always, always more than enough, and I wouldn’t trade a single one of you for a soul."

    Jennings is a native of Dallas, Texas, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He has the loving support of his wife, Sarah, and two daughters.

    “Harley, you love being a soldier, you love serving others and you are the epitome of a selfless servant," said Col. Terry R. Tillis, commander of the "Spartan Brigade," 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, in his remarks during the ceremony as the presiding officer. “You have served as a commander that not only understands how to generate and then sustain readiness. That's important to generate and then sustain it and that's very important in an ABCT.”

    Jennings and his Family are moving to Stuttgart, Germany, for his next assignment as the Director of Logistics, Special Operations Command Europe.

    “To the Jennings, we thank you for your investment, sacrifice, perspective and your ability to accomplish the mission," continued Tillis. "We're proud of you, proud to serve alongside you, and we wish you the best. We know soon someday you will be a brigade commander yourself.”

    Dickey is a U.S. Army Logistics Officer, a native of Buffalo, New York, and a graduate of Buffalo State College and comes to the unit with his wife, Elizabeth, and his two sons.

    "They’re no strangers to the Division and our brigade,” Tillis said in his closing remarks. "Joel served as a distribution platoon leader, [supply support activities] platoon leader, company [executive officer], [support operations transportation officer and company commander in the 703rd BSB. Joel, we wish you a warm welcome as you return and we're excited to have you back on the team.”

    Dickey and his Family come to the brigade after his assignment serving as the Chief of Operations for Logistics in U.S. Army Europe and Africa in Wiesbaden, Germany.

    “To the officers and NCOs standing in this formation, I am honored, humbled and proud to serve as your commander, and I promise to do my best every day to be the outstanding leader you deserve," said Dickey in his initial remarks as the new commander. "I cannot tell you personally and professionally how thrilled I am to return to the 703rd BSB and take that guidon this morning.”

    Dickey ended his speech with his head held high saying, “'Rock of the Marne'; 'Send Me'; 'The Heart of Sparta'; 'Maintain the Line'; 'Never Quit'; Maintain 6 signing on the net!"



    Date Taken: 06.14.2022
    Date Posted: 06.20.2022 13:29
    Story ID: 423090
    Location: FORT STEWART, GA, US 
    Hometown: BUFFALO, NY, US
    Hometown: DALLAS, TX, US
    Hometown: MOUNT PLEASANT, MI, US

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