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"Ironhorse" receives new commanders

Apr 26, 2010

By Pfc. Bailey Anne Jester, 1st BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.

FORT HOOD, Texas -- After two successful years of commanding the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Col. Tobin Green relinquished his command to Col. Scott Efflandt during a ceremony on Cooper Field, here, April 23.

Efflandt, a Rock Island, Ill. native, previously served in the "Ironhorse" Brigade as the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment through the Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 deployment.

"When I was asked to return and command the "Ironhorse" Brigade, I was excited," Efflandt stated. "It feels like I'm coming home."

Efflandt anticipates leading the brigade to accomplish the high goals he has set.

"I look forward to upholding the traditions of excellence the 1st Brigade has held in the division," Efflandt said about his future goals for the brigade. "I also look forward to serving with an incredibly powerful team and answering any call to anywhere we are called upon."

The "Ironhorse" Brigade recently returned from a year-long deployment from Baghdad under the command of Green.

Green commented that the battalion commanders he deployed and worked closely with were a great team who accomplished much in Baghdad, but now it is time to start a new chapter for the brigade.

Not only is the "Ironhorse" Brigade receiving a new brigade commander, but five of the six battalions changed commanders.

Lt. Col. Dolf Southerland assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment from Lt. Col. Charles Costanza.

Lt. Col. Robert Rodriguez assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment from Lt. Col. Mark Solomons.

Lt. Col. Miles Brown assumed command of 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment from Lt. Col. Eric Schwegler.

Lt. Col. Jason Carrico assumed command of 115th Brigade Support Battalion from Lt. Col. Gregory Holmes.

Lt. Col. Stephen Dawson assumed command of 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion from Col. Maria Zumwalt.

"I feel confident taking on this team," Efflandt said about his new men. "These are great Soldiers and I am anxious to work with them."

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