Command change for Fort Riley-based brigade

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The 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team formally welcomed their new leader on Wednesday.

Colonel Charles S. Armstrong took command of the brigade in a ceremony held at Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field. He replaces Colonel Timothy C. Hayden, who took command of the unit on June 26, 2015.

The unit will also uncase its colors, signifying the “Devil” brigade’s recent return from South Korea, where over 3,700 soldiers had been deployed.

Armstrong comes to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team from the North American Aerospace Defense command, or NORAD, and U.S. Northern Command where he served as the command center director.

Hayden’s next assignment will be the Brookings Institution Fellowship at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The ceremony comes shortly after the brigade completed a nine-month deployment to South Korea in support of the U.S. – South Korean alliance, where Devil Soldiers provided security to the peninsula and deterrence to
North Korean aggression.

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