84th EOD welcomes new commander
Col. Leo Bradley, commander of the 71st Ordnance Group, right, passes the 84th EOD Bn. colors to incoming commander Lt. Col. Clyde “Mike” Buckley, left, during a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony Feb. 24 in King Field House.
Story by: Staff Writer Jordan Chapman
1st ID Public Affairs/Duty First! Magazine
Soldiers of the 84th Ordnance Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, welcomed new leadership to their battalion during a ceremony Feb. 24 at King Field House.
Lt. Col. Martin Weber relinquished command to Lt. Col. Clyde "Mike" Buckley. Command Sgt. Maj. David Boling also assumed his responsibility during the ceremony.
"This is a hard day for me. It's been a long two years, but a very rewarding two years," Weber said. "You all have done wonderful and awesome things out there. I can't be more proud of everything you've done … you can take pride in that every day."
Weber also said he was proud to hand over what he felt was the best battalion in the Ordnance support group.
"I know the Soldiers are going to work hard … for you," Weber said. "Soldiers, change happens, don't fight it, but learn how to manage it."
Buckley's first words he shared with his new Soldiers were in the form of two quotes.
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen endeavor," he said, echoing the words of Vince Lombardi, also noting it was evident the Soldiers before him would continue their trend of success.
"The 84th (EOD Bn.) is top notch. They are professional and outstanding. They are well led and always prepared," Buckley said, leading into his second quote from the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.
"Some people wonder all their lives if just one day they have made a difference," he quoted. "You can stand up every day of your lives knowing you've made a difference. The uniform you wear, the guidon you stand by, the battalion you support, I'm deeply honored to be here and … look forward to standing with you on the high."