Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Soldiers of 4th Engineer Battalion gathered at Manhart Field May 30 to bid farewell to outgoing battalion commander, Col. Bryan Green, and senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Lauro Obeada.
Green passed the battalion colors to incoming commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Hibner, during a change of command ceremony, signifying the transition of authority for the “Vanguard” Battalion.
Reviewing officer, Col. Nicholas Katers, commander, 555th Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., commended Green for his dedication to training, mentoring and developing his Soldiers as leaders during his time with the Vanguard Battalion.
“Colonel Green’s focus embraced the concept that the primary function of the leadership is to produce more leaders,” Katers said. “In keeping with that theme, the opportunity exists today to give another great officer the reigns of command.”
During Green’s nearly two years with the battalion, he and Obeada implemented programs to improve leadership skills of junior noncommissioned officers, and centered the formation around the history and traditions of the U.S. Army and combat engineers.
Addressing the Vanguards for the last time, Green shared his favorite memories of the battalion, and thanked the Soldiers for adhering to the highest of Army standards and for their unwavering dedication to the mission.
“You’re some of the best out there,” Green said. “Thanks for always telling it to me straight; and understanding that this is your battalion, your Family.”
“It was my hope to be a Soldier’s colonel,” he said. “If I made one Soldier, one Family, one life, a little bit better, then I succeeded.”
Officially assuming his new role as the 4th Eng. Bn. commander, Hibner expressed excitement at the prospect of leading a unit with a long history of service and accomplishment.
“It’s a battalion that has been at the tip of the spear for the nation, on the cutting edge of the battlefield,” Hibner said. “They are selfless servants, and I couldn’t be more proud to be leading some of the nation’s very best Soldiers.”
Green departs Fort Carson to take command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, at Camp Yongsan, Korea.
Obeada, slated to take responsibility for training and mentoring the 18th Engineer Brigade at Tompkins Barracks in Schwetzingen, Germany, said he expects nothing but the best from the Soldiers of the Vanguard Battalion.
“I have been very blessed and honored to serve in the 4th Eng. Bn., one of the best battalions in the Army,” he said. “I wish the new command team the best of luck. I know they are going to take this battalion to even greater heights.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley is slated to take over Obeada’s responsibilities as the battalion’s senior enlisted leader upon his arrival in August.