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      Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto, commanding general for the 3rd ID, passes the brigade colors to Col. Michael McFadden to signify the change of command of the 3CAB, June 13, at Forsythe Park in Savannah. The ceremony is a long standing Army tradition to honor the outgoing command team and welcome the incoming leadership.


      The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade held a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony, in which the outgoing commander Col. Mark Johnson, and senior enlisted advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Terri Clavon passes the Marne Air torch to Col. Michael McFadden and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Armstrong, on June 13, at Forsyth Park in Savanah.
      The dual ceremonies conducted are part of a military tradition representing the formal transfer of authority and responsibility from one command team to another.
      The host of the event was the 3rd Infantry Division Commanding General, Maj Gen. Antonio Aguto. During his remarks he welcomed the newest Dogface Soldiers, and acknowledged the accomplishments of Johnson and Clavon.
      “Throughout the past two years Col. Mark Johnson and Command Sgt. Maj. Terri Clavon have lead the 3rd CAB to be the best CAB in the XVIII Airborne Corps, if not, our entire U.S. Army. That’s a pretty bold statement coming from a commanding general, given the talent in the Army. But truthfully in the short time that I have been here, I truly believe this to be fact. Thank you for all you have done,” Aguto said.
      In his remarks Johnson thanked the Soldiers in the brigade for their hard work in expertly executing missions spanning across both the country and globe, and for consistently striving for excellence.
      “It is said that at some point in one’s life, a person asks themselves, ‘what have I done with my life?’ These Soldiers which stand before you will never have to ask that question. It was an honor and a privilege to lead this historic unit and to know that the defense of our nation is in their hands,” Johnson said.
      During Johnson and Clavon’s time leading Marne Air, the unit deployed to Afghanistan for nine-months; participated in disaster relief operations for hurricanes Michael and Florence; provided border support; conducted decisive action training at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana and the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California; while simultaneously conducting joint operations with the Georgia National Guard, the Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.
      McFadden spoke with excitement to the Soldiers, eager to the rich history of the unit.
      “In the coming months we will once again answer our nations call, I know you are all up for the challenge and I look forward to serving with you all,” said McFadden. “I make this promise to you today that I will always be there for you as I do exist for the Marne Air Soldiers. This is Falcon 6 on the net. Rock of the Marne, Marne Air.”


    Edited by MAJ J.LaFlash

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