News: New York National Guard Cavalry Squadron changes commanders on Saturday
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Benjamin Richardson, an Oswego resident and Afghan War veteran, will take command of the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment here on Saturday, Oct. 15. Richardson will take over from Lt. Col. Robert Williams, an Amherst resident and Afghan veteran, who has commanded the squadron since last year.
WHO: Lt. Col Benjamin Richardson, the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Robert Williams, the outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. Steven Wickstrom, the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, the adjutant general of New York, and the soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry.
WHAT: A traditional military change of command in which the battalion colors, or flag, will be presented to Richardson, signifying the change in responsibility for the battalion's soldiers and its mission. Traditionally the colors indicated the unit's location on the battlefield and the location of the commander. The military ritual was designed to allow the soldiers to see who they would follow in to the fight.
WHEN: 11 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 15, 2012. Members of the Press MUST be at the Lockport Road Gate of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station no later than 1030 to be escorted to the event.
WHERE: Niagara Falls Armed Forces Reserve Center, access through Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, 2028 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14304
Members of the press must contact 2nd Lt. Andrew Carducci at (cell) 716-829-9695 to gain access to this secure military facility No Later Than 1000 on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Reporters will be able to interview the incoming and outgoing commanders and leaders. Visual imagery opportunities include the change of command ceremony and soldiers in formation.