FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. –
Col. Antonio “Andy” Munera took the reins of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement
Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, June 25 at Gammon Field.
Munera assumed command of
the “Dauntless” brigade during a change of command ceremony that welcomed him
and said farewell to Col. James F. Reckard III.
“Just so there is no doubt,
let me introduce myself. I am Andy Munera and I am a Soldier in the ‘Big Red
One’: brave, responsible and on point,” Munera said.
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II,
1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston,
1st Inf. Div. senior enlisted noncommissioned officer, traveled from the Big
Red One’s home at Fort Riley, Kan., to oversee the ceremony.
“Today we celebrate the 4th
MEB’s change of command between Jay Reckard and Andy Munera – two extraordinary
men who I feel privileged to serve with,” Funk said.
Funk continued by
describing the unique mission of the 4th MEB. The crowd listened as Funk touted
the Dauntless brigade’s professionalism, saying it helped to assure the American
people and U.S. allies that the uniform they wear brought hope.
The 4th MEB is a mission-tailored
force that conducts support area operations, maneuver support operations and
support to consequence management and stability operations in order to assure
the mobility, protection and freedom of action of the supported force,
according to information from the brigade.
On Oct. 1, 2013, the 4th MEB
assumed responsibility as Task Force-Operations for the Joint Task Force-Civil
Support Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Force
mission. The 4th MEB’s DCRF mission is to save lives and mitigate human suffering
in a homeland chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environment.
The 4th MEB redeployed and
deployed several companies, battalions and numerous smaller echelon units into
theaters of operations throughout the world. The flexibility of the 4th MEB is
showcased with the diversity of its missions. Soldiers with the 4th MEB
recently augmented Special Forces units in Afghanistan with Military Mine
Detection dogs and others recently deployed to Romania to provide firefighting support
at the military’s new transit hub.
Units from the 4th MEB participate
in multiple training exercises, including at the Fort Irwin, California-based National
Training Center and the Joint Maneuver Training Center in Indiana.
The brigade also provides support
to Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding communities through efforts such as military
police patrols, severe weather response and partnerships with outlying
communities and schools.
“So, Andy, those are the reins
you are about to wrap your hands around,” Funk said.
Reckard was quick to
acknowledge those who served under his command.
“For the past two years, we
have been blessed with superior leaders,” Reckard said, thanking his command
Munera comes to Fort Leonard
Wood from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where he
was a student. Reckard will next serve at the Maneuver Support Center of
Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood.
“Jay, you have commanded with
distinction and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence is gaining a
world-class chief of staff,” Funk said. “Andy, you are a proven leader and I can
think of no one more ready to lead the Dauntless brigade.