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August 1, 2014

Operations Group welcomes 22nd commander

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Gustavo Bahena
Public Affairs Office

The new commander of Operations Group: Col. Jeffery Broadwater.

The National Training Center’s Operations Group has a new commander.

Colonel Jeffery Broadwater took command of the battalion-size unit during a ceremony, July 1.

Teams of the unit, including Bronco, Cobra, Scorpion, Tarantula, Eagle, Raven, Wolf, Sidewinder, Goldminer, Dragon and Vulture stood in formation, along with A Company, during the change of command. The sequence of events consisted of presentation of flowers to Alicia Broadwater, an inspection of troops, honors to the nation, and passing of the unit colors.

Martin explained that Broadwater brings a “wealth of combat and operational experience to the job.”

“I know that he has exactly what it takes to lead this great organization,” Martin said.

The leadership position was relinquished by Col. Paul Calvert. His wife, Traci, received red roses as a symbol of gratitude for her contributions to the unit and installation.

Martin expressed his appreciation for the Calvert’s leadership and caring of Soldiers and families.

“Paul, Traci, you’ve done everything I have ever asked of you, and more,” Martin said. “Operations Group, under the command of Paul Calvert, is leading our Army back to the golden age of tough, realistic training and combat readiness. It has not been easy. And Traci Calvert has been the linchpin of Paul’s success. Traci, thanks for all you have done for us, for the families and for your husband.”

Calvert conveyed his pride about the unit he led for two years.

“You all know how I feel about you, the importance of our mission and my deep appreciation for the difference that you make every day,” Calvert said during his remarks. “I hold you in the highest regard and today I simply say, thank you.”

Broadwater said he is privileged to be leading an organization that is committed to pursuing excellence and making a positive difference every day.

“It is truly a very humbling honor to be back at the National Training Center and being part of the most important mission of training our military to be ready to face any challenge when our nation calls,” Broadwater said.

Broadwater previously served here with Cobra Team in Operations Group as the senior armor and reconnaissance trainer (Cobra 07), and with Bronco Team as the senior brigade combat team trainer (Bronco 07).




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