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May 24, 2013

2-13th Aviation Regiment welcomes new commander

During the 2-13th Aviation Regiment change of command Wednesday in hangar 1, Col. Brian Bennett, reviewing officer (center), receives the colors from outgoing Commander, Lt. Col. Victor Hamilton 2-13th Avn. Reg. (right), and passes them to incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Clinton Conzemius (left). This key event in a change-of-command ceremony symbolizes the transfer of leadership from outgoing to incoming commanders.

The unit formerly known as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion chose a fitting location for its change of command ceremony Wednesday. A small crowd gathered inside hanger 1 at Libby Army Airfield to witness the 2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment’s change of command. Lt. Col. Clinton Conzemius assumed command from Lt. Col. Victor Hamilton, whose new assignment will be as the deputy brigade commander, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, in South Korea.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to command one of the greatest organizations within the Army,” Hamilton said.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was the passing of the colors between the outgoing and incoming commanders.

“It was a great passing of the colors and a great tradition to be a part of,” said Capt. Tyler Penn, commander, Company. A, 2-13th Avn. Reg.

During his farewell speech, Hamilton mentioned how he became 2-13th Avn. Reg. commander almost two years ago. Previously, he commanded the Region-West Afghan Security Force Assistance Team in 2009. In 2010, he was assigned as commander and professor of Military Science at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Conzemius is a master Army aviator. Among others, he attended the Airborne, Air Assault, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center-Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape-level C, Combined Arms Services and Staff courses, and the United States Air Force Joint Firepower Controller courses. His most recent assignment began in July 2010, serving as commander of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe Flight Detachment in direct support of the Supreme Allied Command throughout Europe. He now commands the aviation battalion here.

The 2-13th Avn. Reg. trains military operators and maintainers on the use of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, RQ-7B Shadow, MQ-5B Hunter and MQ-1B Warrior Alpha unmanned aircraft systems.

Soldiers from the entire 2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, participate in the change of command ceremony held Wednesday. Appropriately, this event was held inside hangar 1 which houses the Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system at Libby Army Airfield.




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