The U.S. Army Aviation Brigade held a joint Change of Command and Change of Responsibility ceremony July 25, at Davison Army Airfield. Col. Prescott Farris relinquished command to Col. Mark Kappelmann and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen McCabe relinquished his responsibilities to Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Peguese.
The task of leading a brigade as commander is very demanding, said Maj. Gen. Michael Howard, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, U.S. Army Military District of Washington. He appreciated the support of the families of the commanders and command sergeants majors.
“At this level, we all know the impact that these have on our families, and how important families are to our success,” he said.
With Farris and McCabe, especially, he said “It’s been a tremendous run by these two leaders.”
“The people who matter most ... are standing in this formation and are sitting in these seats,” Farris said referring to those who work within the brigade and families who support them.
Farris said McCabe was a great partner and that he will miss him.
McCabe thanked his wife and daughter for their support throughout his years of military service. He is retiring from the military after more than 27 years.
“I could not have done it without you,” he said. “Each of you has given up so much, so that I can continue to do what I love to do.”
After retirement, McCabe said he will spend more time with his family.
He also thanked others who supported and mentored him throughout his military career.
To the Soldiers in the brigade, McCabe told them to “enjoy your time that you have in the Army. They will be some of the best and most challenging times that you will have in the Army.”
His parting words were to remember to treat others as you would want to be treated, adding that the world would be a much better place if others followed such a simple concept.
To Kappelmann and Peguese, “You are, without a doubt, the right leaders for the job. I wish you all the best, and I hope you will enjoy your time with the brigade, just like I did,” McCabe said.
Peguese said he looks forward to working with the brigade and told the team that his door will always be open.
Kappelmann thanked leadership, including Howard, for giving him the chance to lead the team. Also thanked those who supported him through the years, including his family, and thanked everyone for their welcome to the brigade.
“We appreciate it and look forward to working with you and for you,” Kappelmann said.