927th CSSB welcomes new commander
By Spc. N. Bobby Ballard, 107th MPAD
CAMP BLANDING JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2012) – The Florida National Guard’s 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion welcomed a new commander as Lt. Col. Kevin B. Creech assumed command during a ceremony at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Jan. 8. Soldiers, families and veterans were in attendance to witness the passing of the unit colors to the new commander.
“I want to thank [Col. Valeria Gonzalez-Kerr, 50th Regional Support Group Commander] and the Florida Army National Guard leadership for their trust and confidence in me as your new commander,” said Creech. Creech says he is thankful for taking on the battalion commander’s responsibilities and is proud to command the Soldiers of the 927th.
Creech currently serves as the Information Technology Operations Division Chief for the Florida National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Saint Augustine, Fla.
The outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Paul B. “Trey” Chauncey III, said turning over the command of the 927th was tough for him but he knows the unit will be alright in Lt. Col. Creech’s hands. “Turning over command is often like allowing your teenager to go out and drive the car for the very first time without you being in the car with them, but there is no doubt in my mind that you will watch out for the 927th like the family that they are,” said Chauncey to Creech.
“I want to say thanks to Lt. Col Chauncey for his superb leadership throughout the past three years as a commander,” said Col. Valeria Gonzalez-Kerr, Commander of the 50th Regional Support Group.
Gonzalez-Kerr noted that Chauncey began his command with a rare experience assisting the January 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. “With just two months as battalion commander and only 14-day notice, he successfully deployed over 200 Soldiers and Airmen to the National Capitol Region in support of the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. This mission shone a bright light on the 927th CSSB and the beginning of his command,” said Gonzalez-Kerr.
Col. Gonzalez-Kerr also lauded Lt. Col. Chauncey for his commitment to redeployed service members by aiding them in the all-important transition back into civilian life through reintegration programs.
Lt. Col. Chauncey is now an attending resident at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Penn.
The 927th CSSB, also known as the “Storm Chasers” for their past hurricane support, is headquartered at Camp Blanding and has been awarded campaign streamers for World War I, New Guinea, Southern Philippines, and its decorations include the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.