SEMBACH, Germany – The U.S. Army NATO Brigade bid farewell to Col. Miles T. Gengler and welcomed Col. Troy V. Alexander during a change of command ceremony July 7 at Sembach Kaserne.
“This formation of soldiers looks so good this morning despite the fact that they have just traveled from seven different countries across three time zones and have hardly ever had the chance to train together as a unit. collective and testifies to the professionalism of this brigade,” said Genger. “Although you may only see a few, know that they are representative of their more than 900 brothers and sisters in arms spread across NATO’s area of responsibility who stand watch alongside our allies and partners.
“It is because of the work they are doing that our national leaders can say with confidence that NATO will not cede an inch of sovereign territory in any NATO country.
“Over the past two and a half years, you have adapted your mission support processes to continue to care for service members and their families in 37 locations in 21 countries as we all faced together the great unknown of a new pandemic sweeping the world and impacting in different ways in these countries. You faced different restrictions, limitations and lockdowns and stayed focused on the mission, always listening to soldiers and their families wherever they are.
“It was tough, and all of us as a unit and each of us as individuals had our own resilience challenges – but you maintained a focus on our people, on preparedness and organizational effectiveness.
“As USAREUR-AF has taken on new missions, you have all taken on the support of military officers and SON in exchange and those undergoing training with our NATO allies.
“You professionally terminated our support of the Resolute Support mission, you supported Operation Noble Solace and redeployed our soldiers, and continued to deploy and redeploy in support of the NATO mission in Iraq.
“And while you excelled in the mission, you also ensured that we said goodbye in a professional manner to two of our fellow soldiers who unfortunately left us too soon. You took care of their families and ensured that their fellow soldiers serving with them at the NATO Defense College and NATO Multinational Division South East are supported.
“To these two fellow warriors we say: Gentlemen, we will drink again at Fiddler’s Green.
“And, just as we emerged from the global pandemic, there was a saber rattle on NATO’s eastern flank and you all once again rose to the challenge and adapted the way you support soldiers. and families who have been pushed into a situation of service in neighboring countries from another ground war in Europe or to deploy in support of NATO.
“You kept that promise not to cede an inch of sovereign NATO territory.
“Through it all, you absolutely brought your A-games every day and won whatever task was given to you,” Gengler said.
Gengler is transferred to Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The host of the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Michael D. Wickman, U.S. Army Deputy Commanding General for Europe and Africa of the Army National Guard.
“Under your leadership, and through the global pandemic, your team of professionals has rebuilt the reputation, effectiveness and efficiency of a mission-critical brigade, which provides administrative support to seven general officers, more than 30 colonels , 100 lieutenant colonels and their soldiers,” Wickman said. “You have facilitated and empowered your battalion commanders to provide Top 10 title and direct customer support through clear and concise command lines.
“This exceptional vision and direction has led to measurable improvements in preparedness, as well as improved administrative officer and quality of life support for Steady Brigade personnel and families.
“Your soldiers, in turn, focused their attention on basic training and crisis response planning, which led to successful combat readiness assessments during exercises Steadfast Jupiter, Steadfast Jackal and Steadfast Leda.
“You reduced risk through deliberate planning and rehearsals, facilitating RRC-France’s assumption of the NATO Response Force Land Component Command mission and the deployments of the 2nd Battalion of NATO transmissions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Qatar.
“Stable Brigade support has also proven vital to the readiness of response forces from the NATO Command Structure, Joint Force Commands in Brunsum, Naples and Norfolk, and units from the Multinational Division stationed forward and responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, directly contributing to USAREUR-AF’s Assure and deter missions on behalf of the alliance,” Wickman said.
Alexander comes to the brigade from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where he earned a master’s degree in strategic studies.
“To the soldiers, officers, civilians and families of the brigade, I have not lost the sacrifice necessary to support and defend our country together with our partners and allies,” said Alexander. “I stand here today on the shoulders of giants who have gone before me.
“As we move forward together, I strive to use strength of character, optimism and teamwork as the foundation during my tenure of command.
“I look forward to working with each of you and getting to know you and your families.
“Together, we will continue to provide world-class service and support to those assigned to the NATO mission while anticipating and responding to changing needs in the future,” said Alexander.