Salutes & Awards

July 5, 2012

HT-JCOE welcomes new commander, celebrates outgoing’s retirement

Tags:
By Robert Anderson
Staff Writer

Incoming commander Col. John Boucher receives the Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence colors from Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, during the HT-JCOE change of command ceremony on June 28. With the passing of the guidon, the formal transfer of command was complete.

On a beautiful Fort Huachuca morning, June 28 on historic Brown Parade Field, the Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence welcomed its new commander, Col. John Boucher and celebrated the career and service of retiring, outgoing commander, Col. John Szypko.

Prior to the ceremony, the spouses and family of the outgoing and incoming commanders were presented with flowers and gifts. Szypko’s wife, Pia received a bouquet of red roses to symbolize her dedicated service to the Soldiers, Marines, civilians and Families of HT-JCOE, and the Sierra Vista community; and a gift was presented to Szypko’s son Filip. The incoming commander’s wife Jill received a bouquet of yellow roses, then flowers were presented to Szypko’s sisters Paula, Marsha and Jane, and Boucher’s mother Veronica. A gift was presented to Szypko’s brother Mark.

The change of command marks the passing of the unit colors from one commander to another, transferring all authority and responsibility for the unit. In keeping with this military and Army tradition, HT-JCOE’s outgoing commander Szypko passed the unit colors to presiding officer, Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, officially relinquishing command and responsibilities. The colors were then passed to Boucher, who formally assumed command of HT-JCOE.

During his remarks, Boucher praised the work and accolades of the unit he inherited from Szypko and looked ahead. “Assuming command of this elite organization is a challenge I look forward to taking. Through cooperation, collaboration and transparency with our partners in the community HUMIT, … advanced HUMIT training will continue to evolve to support future operations in support of the Defense HUMIT Enterprise. This command will continue to emulate the United States Army’s values,” Boucher said.

Boucher comes to HT-JCOE from the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity where he was a senior military instructor. Throughout his career, Boucher has served in both tactical and strategic levels. He has deployed twice to the Balkans, twice to Afghanistan, served as the assistant army attaché in Rabat, Morocco, and commanded a sensitive collections unit in Baghdad, Iraq. Boucher is joined by his wife, the former Jill Ann Koppien and their two sons, Jack and James.

Col. John Szypko, with his wife Pia, receives his retirement flag from Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, during the HT-JCOE change of command and retirement ceremony, June 28, on Historic Brown Parade Field. The U.S. flag was one that had been flown over the parade field and is a remembrance of both Szypko’s military service and his retirement here.

Boucher’s remarks formally concluded the change of command ceremony, officially beginning the retirement ceremony for Szypko.

During the retirement ceremony Potter presented Szypko with his retirement orders, a United States flag flown over Brown Parade Field, and a certificate of appreciation from President Barack Obama. His wife Pia received a certificate of appreciation from U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno and the Command’s Award from Potter.

Potter praised Szypko for his 28 years of service.

“John you have proudly served our country for nearly three decades, encompassing multiple deployments and assignments that span the vast globe. Throughout your tenure in the armed service, you have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of our Soldiers and allies. You are a leader whose resolve never wavered in spite of the many challenges of war and the growing responsibility of your rank,” Potter said.

An emotional Szypko thanked all attendees and expressed his appreciation for those who have served under his command at HT-JCOE. Then he offered a tearful message to his wife Pia.

“You always provided us a home, no matter where the Army sent us these past 22 years. You always told me what I needed to hear whether I wanted to or not. You were always ready to learn what needed to be done when I was not around; and you have the gentlest, warmest heart of any person I know,” Szypko said.

Szypko retires after 28 years of service. He earned his commission in the Army at the U.S. Military Academy in 1984. Szypko served multiple overseas tours to include: Germany, Korea, and England. He deployed to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq as the director of Strategic Intelligence Engagement, Multi-National Forces-Iraq. Prior to his command at HT-JCOE, Szypko was a senior service college fellow in Washington D.C., where his studies focused on Operational Human Intelligence.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Stephanie Caffall

Uncasing ceremony formally welcomes 40th ESB Soldiers home

Stephanie Caffall 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. John Reinburg, left, and Battalion Commander Lt. Col. David Thomas begin the uncasing of the battalion colors. The colors signify the homecoming of the 40t...
 
 

Civilian of the Month

Annette Gear Agency: Communications Security Logistics Activity Position and duties: Cryptographic key manager for multi-service communications security accounts. Duties include cryptographic keying material management for military services How long at current assignment: 10 years How long in government service: 31 years Residence: Hereford Family: Recently became engaged. Has one son Thomas an...
 
 
Maci Hidalgo

Ten Soldiers formally retire on Fort Huachuca

Maci Hidalgo Garrison Commander Col. Thomas A. Boone awards Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gary Berger, accompanied by his son Tyler, with a Meritorious Service Medal during the Installation Retirement Ceremony at Brown Parade Field J...
 

 

Civilian of the Month

Steven Hall Agency: CECOM Logistics and Readiness Center, Communications Security Logistics Activity Position and duties: Facilities manager, and team lead for mailroom, property and supplies How long at current assignment: Since July 2007 How long in government service: 35 years, including 10 years in the military Residence: Sierra Vista Family: “Wife Debbie who resides with...
 
 

Fort Huachuca presents faces of SHARP

Sgt. 1st Class Debbie McMath is the Medical Command sexual assault response coordinator, or SARC. She has been in the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program, SHARP, for three years. Prior to becoming the SARC she was a victim advocate for two years. The most interesting aspect of being a SARC: “Hearing the survivors’ stories. Most of...
 
 

Civilian of the Month

Debbie Short Civilian of the Month: Debbie Short Agency: Network Enterprise Technology Command Position and duties: Civilian workforce development specialist responsible for training, education and budgeting of the civilian development program How long at current assignment: 4 years, 7 months How long in government service: 30 years today Residence: Tucson Family: Son Joshua Short, 26...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin