FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Col. Carl E. Phillips handed command of the 4th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) to Col. Reginald J. Bostick in a ceremony Aug. 3, on Meadows Field at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command headquarters.
Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr., commanding general of USASOC, presided over the ceremony. He praised Phillips noting that, "changes of command are bittersweet events that call us to recall what was and now is."
"The inherent challenge of command is to take an already superb command and make it even better," Mulholland said. "But Phillips did that through his leadership, personal courage and perseverance. You have taken what was the already outstanding MISO Group and made it even better."
Mulholland noted that the 4th MISG, provided relevant and vital support to special operations and conventional forces, as well as working with our ambassadors on the battlefields the nation is engaged on.
"The group has never been better, stronger or more capable than today. You have accomplished your mission which is a clear and true testament to your leadership," said Mulholland.
In his farewell remarks to the group and guests, Phillips thanked his Soldiers for their support during the last two years while approximately 600 MISO Soldiers were deployed daily to 30 countries around the world.
"It's been an honor serving with you; you've accomplished some truly amazing things over the past two years," Phillips said. "Your work often does not offer the immediate feedback and results to gauge your effectiveness because changing attitudes and behavior takes time, sometimes a full generation, and often these changes are intangible."
He thanked everyone for doing a great job serving Army Special Operations and the nation.
Phillips said that the incoming commander was destined for great success with the group based on his experience when they served together with the 9th MISB.
In his initial remarks as commander of the 4th Group, Bostick said, "I am well aware of the great gift that command gives me. Command is a great privilege."
"Command in a time of war is a distinct honor," Phillips said.
Bostick thanked Phillips for his mentorship in the past.
"We will build on your legacy," he said. "I know that our organization will increase its ability to affect the human cognitive domain with a level of sophistication never before seen."
Bostick had previously been assigned as an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of World Politics and previously served as the deputy commander of the 4th MISG.
Phillips will be leaving Fort Bragg to be the Chief, J39 at U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla.