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Panthers battalion changes command

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Lt. Col. Kyle Feger assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment from Lt. Col. Wayne Brewster during a change of command ceremony May 3 at Pomeroy Field.

Col. Terrence McKenrick, 192nd Infantry Brigade commander, said Feger’s two tours in Iraq have prepared him to take on command of the battalion.

“The results of (his) efforts will be measured every day as junior Soldiers successfully execute combat operations in Afghanistan,” he said.

McKenrick said Feger’s leadership experience and expertise would help produce great Soldiers who live by the Army values and Warrior Ethos.

“We have an awesome responsibility to turn our nation’s volunteers into fit, disciplined and motivated Soldiers for our Army — the most highly regarded institution in the country,” Feger said.

Feger’s previous assignment was as the deputy commander of the Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning. McKenrick said the battalion, under Brewster’s command, produced 8,000 “competent, confident, adaptive and combat-ready Soldiers for our Army at war.”

Brewster improved battalion and company certifications for new drill sergeants, he said. McKenrick said Brewster led the TRADOC initiative to partner with the Air Force, sharing best practices and gaining efficiency.

“We’ve been blessed with great cadre, civilians, families and other ad hoc folks that happened by our unit,” he said. “We certainly weren’t perfect and we might look like a motley lot, but the professionalism, dedication and resilience of those we worked with humbled us on a daily basis.”

Brewster’s next assignment is as the deputy commander of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.

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