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Several changes of command took place in Germany recently.

In Darmstadt, Col. Frederick A. Cross took over command of the 22nd Signal Brigade from Col. Jeffrey G. Smith Jr. during a change of command ceremony Wednesday at the Kelley Barracks parade field.

Cross, who has been in the Army for 23 years, comes to the 22nd Signal Brigade from Headquarters, U.S. European Command at Patch Barrack in Stuttgart, Germany.

Smith will become the deputy commander of Signal Regiment at Fort Gordon, Ga.

On Monday, Lt. Col. Joseph E. Hicks took command of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Aviation Regiment, from Lt. Col. Samuel S. Evans during a ceremony at Mannheim’s Coleman Army Airfield Barracks.

Hicks’ previous assignment was with 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, where he served as a maintenance platoon leader, executive officer and company commander for Company F 1st Battalion of the 160th, executive officer for 4th Battalion of the 160th, and regiment fielding officer for MH-6M aircraft.

Evans, the outgoing commander, was the Mannheim battalion commander for the last 24 months. His next assignment is with the 200th Material Management Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Also on Monday in Mannheim, Lt. Col. Melissa A. Sturgeon took the reins of the 293rd Base Support Battalion from Lt. Col. Christopher L. Miller at Sullivan Barracks.

Miller, the outgoing commander, is headed for a position with the Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va.

Sturgeon was previously assigned to the V Corps’ G-2 staff, where she served as chief of operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 1st Battalion, 27th Field Artillery changed commanders at a ceremony in Babenhausen on June 23.

Lt. Col. Terry M. Lee replaced Lt. Col. Jeffery Lieb, who remains in U.S. Army Europe.

Lee comes to Babenhausen from Alexandria, where he served in the Army’s Human Resource Center.


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