3-61 CAV assumes new role in Kosovo

By Spc. Jarel Chugg - 19th Public Affairs Detachment

CAMP MARECHAL DE LATTRE DE TASSIGNY, Kosovo — Lt. Col. Donald Braman and Command Sgt. Maj. Jasan Weaver, the command team of the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, uncased their battalion’s colors while the outgoing unit cased its colors, which represented the beginning of one mission and the end of another with the Multinational Battle Group-East (MNBG-East) during a ceremony March 17, 2018.

“Over the past nine months, the Forward Command Post has truly made a difference in the region throughout operations,” said Commander Lt. Col. Kevin Taylor, 3-319 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina “I could not be more proud of the formation.”

During the ceremony, Taylor transferred authority to Braman for the Kosovo Force 24 mission.

“Lt. Col. Talyor and the ‘Gun Devil’ battalion, thank you for your professionalism and enthusiasm,” said Braman. “The ‘Destroyers’ squadron could not be more fortunate to assume this mission from you. We had a fantastic hand over, take over and wish you the best. I am sure we will see you on some distant battlefield in the future.”

Col. Michael Spraggins, the MNBG-East commander, spoke of the enthusiasm for the incoming Soldiers and for the upcoming missions.

“There are many excited Soldiers standing before you today,” said Spraggins. “Some are excited because they are about to accept a new mission. They anxiously await full reigns to (begin) this challenging new assignment. In the military, we breed that spirit of adventure, of seizing the initiative.”

Spraggins also mentioned the eagerness of the outgoing Soldiers for having accomplished their mission.

“There is another group that is excited here today,” Spraggins continued. “That is the 3-319th (Field Artillery), under Lt. Col. Taylor’s command. They are excited because they can go home (and) reunite with their Family and friends. I’m certain they are also excited because they can do so with the knowledge that they served their nation and our NATO alliance well.”