Forshee relinquishes command to McCoy
Capt. Michael McCoy, incoming commander, HHC, USAG, center, officially assumes command of HHC, USAG during a change of command ceremony Jan. 16 at Building 88312. McCoy said he was looking forward to the challenges ahead as commander of the company. Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.
Story by: Julie Fiedler
1ST INF. DIV. POST
"As I relinquish my command here, it's a bittersweet feeling," said Capt. Brian Forshee, outgoing commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company and 1st Replacement Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, during a change of command ceremony Jan. 16 at the redeployment building.
"Bitter because I won't be the commander anymore and sweet because I won't have to worry about answering a Blackberry this weekend, he added.
Forshee took command of the company nearly a year ago.
"To be honest with you, before last year, I couldn't have told you what USAG stood for," Forshee joked. "When people said 'the garrison,' I just assumed that meant you weren't in the field."
Joking aside, Forshee said, "This was my first command and in the world of being a Soldier there is no greater honor than being allowed to lead."
Forshee thanked Garrison Commander Col. William Clark and commended the noncommissioned officers, Soldiers and civilian workforce who play a vital role in making Fort Riley the vibrant community it is.
"Capt. Forshee has been the cornerstone of that effort for the past year," Clark said during his remarks. "(He) has done an absolutely superb job as the commander of this organization. A leader of conviction, candor, courage, Capt. Forshee has embraced the task at hand and made a difference for Fort Riley. Over the past year, (he) has skillfully led this company and took it to new heights, seamlessly processing over 8,200 Soldiers onto Fort Riley."
Clark told Forshee he hopes, as he relinquishes his command, that he realizes the significant contributions he made for the installation.
"You've clearly been a key essential ingredient for the success enjoyed here at Fort Riley," Clark told Forshee. "I'm proud of what you have accomplished (and) what your organization has accomplished as you've been here during your tenure. Leave knowing truly a job well done."
HHC and 1st Repl. Co., USAG, provides administrative, command and control, morale, physical fitness, logistical support, discipline, training, health and welfare, and safety support and services, as well as an in-processing program for arriving Soldiers and their Families to create a positive first impression of the installation.
With a final passing of the colors from 1st Sgt. Paul Nwoga, Forshee officially relinquished duty of HHC and 1st Repl. Co., USAG.
Capt. Michael McCoy assumed command of the company after most recently serving as the assistant brigade intelligence officer with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
"Mike, you bring a fresh new perspective to this job, one that we need, one that we look forward to," Clark said, addressing McCoy. "I'm positive right now that you are the right man at the right time for this job."
"This company is the first experience that Soldiers and Families have of Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division when they get here," McCoy said. "Col. Clark, thank you for entrusting me with that responsibility, and I look forward to the challenges ahead."
McCoy also thanked Forshee for his hard work, promising, "I'll strive to continue to build on that foundation of success that you've set."
Forshee enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1995 as a cannon crew member in field artillery. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Iraq Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Global War on Terrorism Service medals, as well as the Senior Parachutist and Combat Action badges.
Forshee's wife, Stacey, was presented with a bouquet of red roses during the ceremony. The couple has four children.
McCoy enlisted in the U.S. Army in April of 1997 as a combat medic. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Afghanistan Campaign, Kosovo Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Korea Defense Service and the Armed Forces Service medals, as well as the NCO Professional Development Ribbon III, Overseas Service Ribbon numeral three, United Nations Medal – Macedonia, NATO Service Medal and the Expert Field Medical, Parachutist and German Parachutist's badges.
McCoy's wife, Jaclyn, was presented with a bouquet of yellow roses during the ceremony. The couple has three children.