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4-25 ‘Spartan Brigade’ battalions welcome new leaders at JBER

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: June 24
  • Published June 19

Lt. Col. John Campbell talks to his son Wyatt, 5, after assuming command of the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment. Wyatt was presented a squadron coin and Campbell's wife, Abby, received a bouquet of yellow roses during the change of command ceremony. (Bill Roth / ADN)

All five battalions constituting the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division bid farewell to their commanders and welcomed new leaders during a change of command ceremony at Pershing Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday.

• Lt. Col. Matthew Myer relinquished command of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment to Lt. Col. Todd Tompkins.

• Lt. Col. Adam Barlow relinquished command of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment to Lt. Col. David Nelson.

• Lt. Col. Joshua Gaspard relinquished command of the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment to Lt. Col. John Campbell.

• Lt. Col. Tobias Bennett relinquished command of the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment to Lt. Col. Dustin Blair.

• Lt. Col. Jason Buursma relinquished command of the 6th Engineer Battalion (Airborne) to Lt. Col. Justin Pritchard.

Paratroopers hold the U.S. Flag and Brigade colors as five battalions composing the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division held a Change of Command ceremony at Pershing Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Yellow roses were presented to the wives of incoming commanders during the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Change of Command ceremony at Pershing Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Col. Christopher Landers, commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, speaks during the Change of Command ceremony at Pershing Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
All five battalions composing the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division bid farewell to their commanders and welcomed new leaders during a Change of Command ceremony at Pershing Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Lt. Col. Dustin Blair, second from left, passes the guidon after assuming command of the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment during a Change of Command ceremony at Pershing Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
The 9th Army Band played the 'Army Song' during the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Change of Command ceremony at Pershing Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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