Col. Gregory L. Johansen assumed command Friday of the U.S. Army’s 23rd Area Support Group, replacing Col. Ronald G. Isom, at a change of command ceremony at Camp Humphreys, South Korea.
Isom had been commander since July 2002. His next assigment is as chief, Combat Service Support Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va.
“I won’t recount all that you have done, for you have accomplished so much,” said Isom to his unit’s soldiers during the 25-minute ceremony. “But, I am most proud of the fact that you accomplished this extraordinary mission safely and you are trained for war.”
In her remarks at the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Jeanette K. Edmunds, commander of 19th Theater Support Command in Taegu, South Korea, praised Isom for his leadership in a variety of areas.
“Commanders are selected from their peers,” Edmunds said, “based on their record of performance and their demonstrated leadership capability. The hands that grasp the staff of any of our colors are the hands of the best leaders … as has been demonstrated by Ron Isom,” she said.
Of Johansen, Edmunds said he was among other things “a ‘Korea man’ in that this will be his third tour to Korea — once with the infantry and now twice as a logistician.”
Commissioned in 1981, Johansen is a distinguished military graduate of Appalachian State University.
His military education includes graduation from Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Support Operations Course, Joint Battle Course, Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and U.S. Army War College.