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2nd Brigade Combat Team conducts change of command


Col. Dennis S. Sullivan, 2nd Brigade Combat Team commander, addresses Soldiers and Family Members during the unit's change of command ceremony Friday inside a hangar at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.  Photo by Spc. Jacob Mahaffey.
Col. Dennis S. Sullivan, 2nd Brigade Combat Team commander, addresses Soldiers and Family Members during the unit's change of command ceremony Friday inside a hangar at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.  Photo by Spc. Jacob Mahaffey.

Spc. Jacob Mahaffey

2nd Brigade Combat Team Journalist

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), welcomed its new commander Friday at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield on Fort Drum.

Col. David M. Miller relinquished his position of command to Col. Dennis S. Sullivan, after 40 months of continuous leadership to the Commando Brigade.

“The guidance and vision Col. Miller produced and the teamwork his leadership fostered among the brigade’s 3,500 Soldiers was a remarkable achievement and shows the impact effective commanders can have on leaders, Soldiers and Families alike,” said Brig. Gen. Harry E. Miller Jr., senior commander Fort Drum.

Miller assumed command of 2nd BCT in December 2007. He led the Commandos on a successful tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009-10. He also led 2nd BCT through two successful rotations at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

“The Soldiers standing before you made a habit of consistently winning,” Miller said. “They committed themselves to being a values-, tradition- and heritage-based unit that knows Soldiers and their Families are the core of our strength. They are committed to being physically, mentally and spiritually fit, executing the basics to standard. Their track record speaks for itself.

“So to every Soldier, I know that nothing happens until you execute. You have never failed, no matter how trying the circumstance. My daily motivation stems from you, and I thank you for all you do,” he added.

Miller is currently pending orders to his next duty assignment.

No stranger to the North Country, Sullivan has served with the 10th Mountain Division (LI) in a variety of roles.

Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry in 1988, he has served in various duty positions, including rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, observer controller, battalion executive officer, battalion commander and assistant chief of staff.

Sullivan was assigned at Fort Campbell, Ky.; Vilseck, Germany; and Fort Irwin, Calif., before joining 10th Mountain Division (LI) in 2001. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as executive officer for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team in 2003.

From September 2006 to February 2009, he commanded 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT. The unit deployed in September 2007 to Kirkuk, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sullivan served as 10th Mountain Division assistant chief of staff, G3, from May 2009 to December 2010.

“When our nation calls on us, it is my solemn duty to ensure we are ready, and that we are victorious,” he said.





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