FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The 7th Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne) welcomed to its new leader in a change of command ceremony on July 11, 2012. The ceremony, performed at the John F. Kennedy Plaza, transferred the command of the young unit from Lt. Col. Lee Evans to Lt. Col. Edward Fisher.
While addressing the assembled crowd of soldiers, support personnel, and family members, Col. Reginald Bostick, commander of 4th Military Information Support Group (Airborne), avoided clichés often associated with speeches heard at similar events.
"It's often said of change of command ceremonies that they are bittersweet. Bittersweet because it's sad to see the commander go, but at the same time there's excitement at welcoming the new commander. But I don't see it that way," said Bostick. "As far as I'm concerned, today's ceremony is a part of a greater plan. This is a part of our organizational evolution."
The 7th MISB (A) was officially activated on Oct. 18, 2011. Soldiers began training and learned everything from language instruction (for French, Swahili, or Hausa) to survival training at the Army's Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape (SERE) schools at Fort Bragg and Fort Rucker, Ala.
Additionally, some personnel were detached to serve in 10 different countries across four continents worldwide.
"7th Battalion you have taken the African mission by the horns and made it yours like no other organization I have been associated with,'" said outgoing commander Evans. "This battalion has worked together, cried together and gotten after every task given to it with an internal drive that cannot be explained with any other word but pride. You fine soldiers before me today, you are my family. I love you and I will forever be endeared to you."
In his final farewell remarks, Evans affirmed his faith in Fisher, and his high hopes for the battalion's bright future, "The sorrow of leaving is eased by the knowledge that it is a good friend and trusted soldier, Ed Fisher, following me. Ed, I know you will lead this outstanding battalion to new heights and redefine the concept of pride better than anyone. I wish you good luck and Godspeed. Pride!"
Story by Sgt Carlton Brown