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KATTERBACH, Germany — The 1st Infantry Division’s 4th (Aviation) Brigade changed commanders at a ceremony Friday at Katterbach Army Airfield.

The new commander, Col. Timothy Edens, is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He spent his early career with the 1st Aviation Battalion in Fort Riley, Kan., before moving to Katterbach when the 1st Armored Division’s aviation brigade was based there.

After several stateside tours, Edens returned to Germany in 1998 with the European Command in Stuttgart. He commanded the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment in Illesheim, Germany, from 2000-2002, including its retraining with the upgraded AH-64D Longbow. For the past year, he has been deputy chief of operations for U.S. Army Europe.

The departing commander, Col. Walter M. Golden Jr., is a West Point classmate of Edens. He assumed command in June 2002 and five months later deployed with elements of his brigade to Kosovo. In February 2004, he took the brigade to Iraq with the rest of the 1st ID and commanded it in combat for a year without losing any soldiers.

He is leaving to become chief of staff of the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment — which falls under 4th Brigade command — also switched leaders Friday in Katterbach. Lt. Col. Guy M. Zero took command of the UH-60 Black Hawk unit from Lt. Col. Terrance J. Dolan.

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