News: Nelson takes command of 264th Medical Battalion
Story by Esther Garcia
SAN ANTONIO - Lt. Col. Timothy Hudson relinquished command of the 264th Medical Battalion to Lt. Col. Neil Nelson during a change of command ceremony at MacArthur Parade Field, June 6.
The 264th Medical Battalion is responsible for the Advanced Individual Training for seven different medical Military Occupational Specialties, consisting of an average daily student population of more than 800 soldiers.
“Changes of command are always bittersweet and today is no different,” said Lt. Col. William LaChance, 32nd Medical Brigade commander. “We bid fond farewell to Tim Hudson, an officer who has led his battalion to achieve consistently superior results over the last two years.”
The ceremony included an inspection of troops, presentation of colors, the National Anthem by the 323rd Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own” and a pass in review by the new commander.
“Tim Hudson is a winner in every sense of the word, and his people, this battalion and their accomplishments reflect that mindset,” LaChance said.
“It is all about the soldiers in the field,” Hudson said. “The 264th does not train technicians … the 264th trains soldiers who still know how to use their weapons, react to indirect and direct fire, use a signal ground channel guard to call the nine line and even provide ground fire for the soldier while they evacuate.”
Nelson has served as LaChance’s executive officer the past 11 months.
“The soldiers on the field represent the true beauty of not only Fort Sam Houston but our Army and all that is good and right in this nation,” Nelson said. “That is why I am excited to take command of this outfit.”
In addition to medical training, the battalion conducts physical training, modern combatives five times a week, conducts basic soldiers skills such as warrior tasks and battle drills, rifle marksmanship, drill and ceremony and training in the areas of communication and land navigation.