September 24, 2008

91st Troop Command conducts change of command ceremony

By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

Col. Steven T. Scott, incoming commander of 91st Troop Command, receives the unit colors from Brig. Gen. Eugene Stockton, the Assistant Adjutant General - Army. The passing of the unit colors symbolizes Scott's assumption of command from Col. David A. Archer. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Col. Steven T. Scott assumed command of the Richmond-based 91st Troop Command in a ceremony held at Fort Pickett Sept. 14, marking the end of a three-year command tour for Col. David A. Archer. Brig. Gen. Eugene Stockton, the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, presided over the ceremony’s traditional exchange of unit colors that signified the change of command from Archer to Scott.

“The 91st Troop Command has done so much that it would take a huge book to hold all the missions and assignments,” Stockton said, adding that the unit had “done it well.”

Stockton praised Archer for his accomplishments over his three years in command. “You have done a tremendous and outstanding job, and I will miss you,” Stockton said. “I know you feel proud that you have commanded this outstanding unit.”

Stockton described Scott as “excited, highly motivated and ready to take command.” He added that he felt that with Scott’s experience and background, he will continue to make Troop Command one of the “best commands around.”

Archer hailed the Soldiers of 91st Troop Command as “great warriors” with the most diversified skill set of any unit in the state.

The brigade is made up of the Richmond-based 276th Engineer Battalion with four engineer companies based in Powhatan, West Point, Cedar Bluff and Bowling Green with detachments in Big Stone Gap and Gate City, the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company with a detachment in Staunton, the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company with a detachment in Roanoke, the Roanoke-based 29th Army Band and the Manassas-based Data Processing Unit.

The West Point-based 237th Engineer Company recently returned from deployment, and the Powhatan-based 180th Engineers Company and Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, along with the 276th Engineer Battalion Headquarters are all currently conducting pre-mobilization training in preparation for overseas deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. A team of Soldiers from the Data Processing Unit is currently deployed overseas in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well having as a team on active duty working out of the Manassas armory.

“We don’t have crybabies in Troop Command,” Archer said. “You get a mission, you accomplish it and lead the way for others.”

Scott said that he was honored and excited to take command of the unit.  “91st Troop Command has a rich history of serving the Commonwealth, and most recently the nation, as many of its distinguished units and Soldiers have gone in harm’s way in defense of this great country,” Scott said. “You should feel extremely proud of your individual service and that of your unit.”

Scott commended Archer for his outstanding leadership over the last three years. “I realize I have a tremendous challenge ahead of me providing that same level of leadership and support,” Scott said. “I look forward to meeting the challenge, to taking on new missions , and together with these great Soldiers, providing the same outstanding service to Commonwealth and Country that they rightly expect and deserve.

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