1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Change of Command Ceremony
On Tuesday evening, June 3rd, at the suggestion of Battalion Commander LTC Thomas Nelson, Members of the 50th Infantry Association as well as the outgoing and incoming Battalion Commanders, their Wives and Families....and several other 50th Infantry Soldiers gathered for dinner at Hunter's Pub Steakhouse near Fort Benning Georgia. LTC Nelson recalled that the events of the day at his Change of Command Ceremony in 2012 left him little time to get to know the men of the 50th Infantry Association who came to witness his installation as Battalion Commander. The dinner also afforded LTC Nelson a chance to present gifts to each Association Representative. Also taking advantage of this special gathering prior to the following day's Change of Command, Association President Jimmie Segars presented Command Sergeant Major Curtis Woods and LTC Thomas Nelson with Association Memorial Statuettes in appreciation of their service to the Battalion and the 50th Infantry Association during the past two years.
Also after Dinner, Honorary Colonel of the 50th Infantry Regiment, Dick Guthrie, was honored by the Regiment with induction into the Order of Saint Maurice, the Patron Saint of the Infantry. The Order of Saint Maurice is awarded by the National Infantry Association and the certificate is signed by the Chief of Infantry of the United States Army. It is named after Saint Maurice, the leader of the Roman Theban Legion in the 3rd century.
8 Association Members and family attended the Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia.
On Wednesday, June 4th, representative elements of the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry stand ready (above) for the Change of Command Ceremony at Kanell Field.
198th Infantry Brigade Commanding Officer Colonel
Rich Timmons, II Receives the colors of the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry
Above (Left to Right): Honorary Command Sergeant Major of the 50th Infantry Regiment Jay Copley, Incoming Battalion Commander LTC William A. Kahmann, Past Association President and Reunion Committee Chairperson John Topper, Past Association President and Honorary Colonel of the 50th Infantry Regiment Dick Guthrie, Association President Jimmie Segars, Association Historian Jim Sheppard, Outgoing Battalion Commander LTC Thomas M. Nelson, Battalion Command Sergeant Major Curtis J Woods, Sr. and Battalion Training Technician Mike McCardell.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM A. KAHMANN
LTC Kahmann began his
military career as an enlisted soldier serving in 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry
Regiment, 82nd ABN Division and participated in Operations Just Cause,
Desert Shield, and Desert Storm.