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1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Change of Command Ceremony
June 4, 2014, Fort Benning, Georgia

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. 

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.



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.

LTC Kahmann graduated from Missouri State University and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in December of 1995. He graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Engineer Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. LTC Kahmann also earned a Masters Degree from Kansas State University.

LTC Kahmann's officer assignments include serving as a lieutenant in 3rd Battalion, 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment; at Fort Bragg, NC; as a company grade staff officer with 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO; Alpha Company Commander, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, CO; Observer Controller at Fort Irwin, CA, Small Group Instructor for the Infantry Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, GA; Military Transition Team Leader with an Iraqi Army Infantry Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq; S3 and Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment and later the Brigade S3 for 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, TX. His most recent assignment was the Deputy Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.

LTC Kahmann's operational deployments include three tours to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, and one tour to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

LTC Kahmann's Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (three OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (two OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (four OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (four OLC), the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Army Superior Unit Award, Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

LTC Kahmann is married to the former Amanda Leatherman of Mountain View, MO. They have two Children; Jessica (15) and Andrew (11).

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