Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Friends and Families of the “Raider” Brigade welcomed Col. Dave Hodne to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a change of command ceremony at the Special Events Center, Dec. 11.
Hodne assumed command from Col. Joel Tyler, the outgoing brigade commander.
“The Soldiers in this formation are representative of where our Army has been,” said Hodne. “More importantly, they are representative of where our Army is going, now and in the future.”
Hodne, from New City, N.Y., received his commission as an infantry officer upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1991. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and recently completed a U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Georgetown University.
Following a career filled with command leadership experience, multiple combat deployments and operational staff positions, Hodne takes command of the 1st ABCT to begin the next chapter of the Raider Brigade.
“These colors fought in Iraq’s most volatile neighborhoods and have written history throughout Afghanistan, and continue to contribute to the strategic mission.
“It is my deepest honor to stand among your ranks,” he said.
The Raider Brigade recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During the change of command ceremony, Tyler bid farewell to the Soldiers, Families and friends of the brigade in his final address during the ceremony, and thanked them all for the past two years of experience.
“A lot of units train, deploy and conduct operations and redeploy,” said Tyler. “Some struggle, some merely react, and the really great ones shape their environment, like this unit, and this is due to the commitment of our Soldiers and staff of the Raider Brigade.”