July 25, 2011

Change of command ceremony held for 183rd RTI

By Cotton Puryear      
Virginia Department of Military Affairs

FORT PICKETT, Va. — Col. Doug Messner assumed command of the Blackstone-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute from Col. Marie Mahoney in a traditional change of command ceremony held July 23 at Fort Pickett.

 

Col. Doug Messner passes the colors for the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute to Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Howard E. "Skip" Halfacre in recognition of his assumption of command in a ceremony held July 23 at Fort Pickett. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)


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As part of the ceremony, Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Howard E. "Skip" Halfacre presented the regimental colors to Mahoney, who then in turned passed the color to Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, II, Virginia National Guard land component commander, to signify her relinquishing command. Phillips then presented the regimental colors to Messner in recognition of his assumption of command, then Messner returned the colors to Halfacre.

“Thank you for your leadership and thank you for your sacrifice,” Phillips told Mahoney.

Phillips recognized the significant accomplishments of the 183rd RTI during Mahoney’s command including completing the 2010 Organization Inspection Program with compliance in 66 out of 67 areas, which Phillips said was a first in Virginia. During her time in command, the RTI also earned full TRADOC accreditation for all assigned units and earned back-to-back “Institute of Excellence” honors and was the runner up for the 2010 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence.

“I am humble today to stand before you and thank you for two wonderful years as your commander,” Mahoney said. She said the list of accomplishments during her time in command were the achievements of the Soldiers of the Regiment more than her achievements.

 

Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, II, Virginia National Guard land component commander, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Col. Marie Mahoney in recognition of her service as the commander for the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute in a ceremony held July 23 at Fort Pickett. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)


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Another significant milestone during Mahoney’s time in command was the completion of the new headquarters and training facility for the 183rd RTI. “We all point to how wonderful this facility is, but it really is nothing more than the type facility that is deserving of the caliber and quality of the Soldiers and leaders of this unit and the Virginia National Guard,” she said.

Mahoney earned her commission from ROTC at the College of William and Mary in 1986 and served on active duty with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord. She joined the Virginia Army National Guard in 1991 and serves as the deputy United States Fiscal Property Officer at Fort Pickett in her full time job. She is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in September with the 29th Infantry Division for the Security Partnering mission. She received a Meritorious Service Medal in recognition for her service as the commander.

“I can assure you today that the responsibility of leadership is passing on to another great Soldier, leader and American,” Phillips said. “Col. Messner is the right Soldier for this job, and we are fortunate to have him as the new commander of the 183rd Regiment.”

Messner graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1987 and has spent almost all of his career in the Virginia National Guard. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 as a member of the combined joint staff. He commanded the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, and the battalion was recognized as the most ready battalion in the National Guard with the Reckord Trophy and Kerwin Award during his time in command. Phillips promoted Messner to colonel before the change of command ceremony.


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