By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /
Families and friends gathered at Inouye Field June 28 to recognize the accomplishments of outgoing commander Col. Richard F. Timmons II as he relinquished command of the 198th Infantry Brigade to Col. Kelly D. Kendrick.
“Col. Timmons is a seasoned, mature and wise commander,” said Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
Timmons was awarded the Legion of Merit for his exceptional leadership as the commander of the 198th Infantry Brigade.
“My reward for commanding this brigade started two years ago when I had the opportunity to serve in this position,” said Timmons. This has been the most rewarding experience of my professional military career. Many of the accomplishments and tasks I have achieved would not have been possible without the support from my staff and the battalions.”
“It’s been an honor to serve, lead and command the 198th Infantry Brigade,” Timmons said.
The new commander is ready for the job ahead.
“I can’t wait to get to work and build upon the foundation left by those before me. Together, we will produce the best Infantry Soldiers, right here, in Fort Benning, Georgia,” said Kendrick.
Kendrick joined the Army in 1990 as an Infantryman and was commissioned in 1993 from Arkansas State University. He has served as a career Infantry Officer with assignments as a rifle platoon leader, executive officer and S1 for 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. This was followed by three years with 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, where he served as the Battalion S-4 and a company commander. Kendrick previously served as the CJ 3/5/7 Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa director in Djibouti.
Timmons graduated from North Georgia College in 1991 as a distinguished military graduate and was commissioned in the Infantry. He served in a variety of command and staff positions to include assignments in Airborne, Air Assault, light and mechanized Infantry units. Timmons’ first assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as platoon leader, company executive officer and assistant operations officer and the battalion logistics officer.
Timmons’ next assignment will be in Colorado working with NorthCom as chief of current operations.
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