VIGILANTES. BIG RED ONE SONG Toast of the Army’s, favorite son! Hail to the brave BIG RED ONE! Always the first to thirst for a fight. No foe shall challenge our right to victory. We take the field, a grand sight to see.
BIG RED ONE SONG
Toast of the Army’s, favorite son!
Hail to the brave BIG RED ONE!
Always the first to thirst for a fight.
No foe shall challenge our right to victory.
We take the field, a grand sight to see.
Pride of the Infantry. Men of a great division, courage our tradition, forward, the BIG RED ONE!
THE ARMY SONG
First to fight for the right, and to build the Nation's might, And the Army Goes Rolling Along Proud of all we have done, Fighting till the battle's won, And the Army Goes Rolling Along
Then it's hi, hi, hey! The Army's on its way Count off the cadence loud and strong For wher-e'er we go, You will always know that the Army Goes Rolling Along
CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY
HHC, 4-1 Brigade Special Troops Bn
On this Third day of April 2009
Craig Gym, FORT RILEY
HISTORY OF THE CHANGE OF COMMAND
HISTORY OF THE COMPANY
Constituted in the Regular Army on December 12, 2005, at Fort Riley, Kansas, the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion was activated on January 16, 2006 with a Headquarters Section, a Battalion Staff Section, Support Platoon, CBRN Reconnaissance Platoon, and a Military Police Platoon.
Together these platoons bring multi-dimensional support to the 1st Infantry Division with their capabilities spanning all tactical disciplines providing maintenance, medical support, law enforcement, dining facility operations, and CBRN reconnaissance.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company was instrumental in the 1st Infantry Division’s success during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) V. HHC remains ever vigilant in the Army’s mission and is ready at a moments notice to answer the Nation’s call and show they are....
“Trained and Ready!”
The Change of Command
is a military ceremony in
which the departing
his troops for presentation to
the incoming commander. The
ceremony serves to inform the
assembled Soldiers and Officers
that they must respond to the
leadership of the new Commander.
The history of the Change of Command can be tracked back to the year 406 B.C. when Lysander took command of the Armies of Sparta. In the United States, there have been three Ceremonies that have influenced the ceremony that you are about to witness. The first two involved George Washington – One when he assumed command of the Continental Army beneath “Washington Elm” in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 3 July 1775 – The other when Washington gave his personal farewell to his Officers on 4 December 1783 at Faunces Tavern In New York. At the conclusion of the ceremony Washington passed between the ranks of Guard of Honor to the wharf from which he departed.
A final event which influenced the Change of Command Ceremony occurred on 10 November 1862, when Major General George McClellan relinquished command of the Army of the Potomac to Major General Ambrose Burnside. These Ceremonies set the precedent for the modern day Change of Command Ceremony, which involves the traditional passing of the unit colors.
DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
FORMATION OF TROOPS
COMMENCEMENT OF CEREMONY
CHANGE OF COMMAND
(PASSING OF THE GUIDON)
COMMANDER, 4-1 BRIGADE SPECIAL
Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, in chief two lighting bolts saltirewise Or, in base a bar wavy Argent bearing a barrulet Celeste, overall a tower Gules charged with a key ward to base of the second below a mullet of the third. Attached across the bottom of the shield is a Dark Blue scroll inscribed with “TRAINED AND READY” in Gold letters.
Symbolism: The dark blue gives emphasis to the battalion’s support provided to the Infantry Division as well as the other battalions within the brigade. Gold is emblematic of excellence and high achievement and red is the color of valor and sacrifice. The castle tower, adapted from the Corps of Engineer branch insignia, represents the Engineer branch and the mobility and survivability capabilities that the battalion provides to the brigade. The lightning bolts symbolize the communications and electronic warfare elements of the unit’s mission and denote the timely support and modern communications capabilities of the Signal branch. The key refers to Military Intelligence and the critical nature of the mission they provide to support the commander’s decision-making process that is crucial to victory on the battlefield. The star represents the command and control capability that the unit provides to the brigade. The wavy bars symbolize water and underscore the unit’s ability to deploy to any theater of war in a timely manner.
Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 31 October 2005.