The 7th Army Reserve Command’s 317th Support Center welcomed a new commander during one of several changes of command conducted in Germany earlier this month.

Lt. Col. Steven Zephir replaced Lt. Col. Alma J. Fernandez during the ceremony at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield. His previous assignment was senior operations officer for the 313th Support Center (Rear Operations Center), headquartered in Kaiserslautern. In his civilian job, he works as a management and program analyst in the 7th ARCOM’s force programs office.

Fernandez, commander for nearly three years, led the unit through several major V Corps exercises before deploying to Iraq in March 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Other changes of command:

¶ Lt. Col. Anthony K. Crawford took command of the 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion from Lt. Col. Hugh T. Smith in a ceremony at Kelley Barracks, Darmstadt, on June 15.

Crawford, who joined the military 21 years ago, previously served as executive assistant to Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser to President Bush. Smith moves on to the Senior Service College under the Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship.

¶ Lt. Col. Anthony K. Chambers replaced Lt. Col. Charles F. Maskell as commander of the 181st Transportation Battalion of the 7th Corps Support Group, 3rd Corps Support Command, during a ceremony at Turley Barracks in Mannheim on June 9.

Chambers, who has been in the military for 19 years, was previously assigned as the Combined Task Force-7th Corps transportation officer in Baghdad and the V Corps transportation officer in Heidelberg, Germany. Maskell’s next assignment is at U.S. Army Europe headquarters in Heidelberg.

¶ Lt. Col. Kathryn R. Hall took command of the 208th Finance Battalion, 266th Finance Command, in a ceremony at Mannheim’s Spinelli Barracks on June 9, replacing Lt. Col. Mary Brooke Myers.

Hall, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, was previously deputy commander of the 266th Finance Command in Schwetzingen, Germany. Myers’ next assignment is in the Pentagon.

¶ Lt. Col. Thomas C. Beane Jr. is the new commander of the 510th Personnel Services Battalion, headquartered at Sullivan Barracks in Mannheim. Until June, he was assigned to the Army staff at the Pentagon, where he served as the administrative executive for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for training.

¶ In another ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in Hangar 1035 at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Lt. Col. Kyle D. Campbell will replace Lt. Col. Patrick D. Sargent as head of the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.

Campbell’s previous assignment was deputy chief of staff with the Europe Regional Medical Command. Sargent will attend the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

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