September 24, 2008

New commander takes over at 329th RSG

By Capt. Dayna Rowden
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

Soldiers representing the units from the 329th Regional Support Group carry their unit colors at the change of command on Sept. 14.. (Photo by Capt. Dayna Rowden, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — On the sun-washed field, behind the chapel on the Virginia State Military Reservation, in Virginia Beach, Va., members of the 329th Regional Support Group observed as Col. Timothy Williams assumed command from Col. Janice Igou during a change of command ceremony on Sept. 14. 

Igou was assigned as the commander of the 329th RSG in August 2006 after serving as the 91st Troop Command Executive officer.
 
“Without hesitation, I can say leading this brigade has been the best, most enjoyable and most rewarding opportunity I have ever experienced,” said Igou, “Of course, all of the credit goes to all of you here today and to the rest of the soldiers in the command.  Truly, truly, I could not have asked for a better staff, command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Johnson, or better commanders. I will forever be in your debt for your loyalty and the fine manner in which you served the organization during my time in command.”

Representatives from each of the RSG subordinate commands stood at parade rest as Igou passed the RSG colors to Brig. Gen. Frank Batts, who then passed the colors to Williams, signifying the passing of trust and responsibility for the unit and its Soldiers.

Batts’s role in the change of command was a poignant one that Igou mentioned in her address to the command.

“Brig. Gen. Batts is warmly regarded here in the RSG. He served as commander when we were designated as a standing joint task force, and he has been a mentor and inspirational leader to many of us here,” said Igou.

Igou will serve as the logistics chief at the Virginia National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters.

Prior to assuming command of the 329th RSG, Williams was assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia as the logistics chief. During his tenure the Virginia Guard’s director of logistics, Williams was mobilized to support the Center for Army Lessons Learned and the Combined Arms Support Command in Iraq providing analysis of the Army’s transition to Modular Logistics.

“Being afforded the awesome responsibility of command of this great organization is every officer’s dream,” said Williams.

Williams articulated his three priorities; Soldier readiness, unit preparedness for federal missions and unit preparedness for homeland defense missions.

Williams said in his remarks to the group, “You have gained a reputation for responsiveness that will be tested through out our journey together. We will meet out challenges following sound practices grounded in lessons learned doctrine and common sense.”

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