HHB, 32nd AAMDC gets new commander
32nd AAMDC Public Affairs:
Soldiers, family members and friends of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, gathered as Capt. Carlton Jones relinquished command to Capt. Juene Lowry during a change of command ceremony Aug. 22 on Smith Bliss Field here.
“Today we formally recognized the sacrifice, outstanding contributions and superb leadership of Capt. Carlton Jones at the culmination of his very successful command,” said Col. Daniel Sauter, deputy commander of 32nd AAMDC. “Secondly, we welcome an exceptional officer as she takes on the mantle of commanding one of the most challenging company-level organizations in our Army.”
Lowry comes to the “Hatchet Battery” after serving as the battery commander for B Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air and Missile Defense. During her command, she deployed with her battery to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
She is now responsible for the headquarters battery of a division-level command. The 32nd AAMDC has nearly 10,000 Soldiers and consists of four brigades and 13 battalions located on six different installations in the continental United States.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to command such a distinguished unit,” said Lowry, who previously served in the operations section of 32nd AAMDC. “I look forward to the privilege to lead these great Soldiers.”
Jones will now continue his military education at the Officer’s Career Course at Fort Sill, Okla.
“A little over a year ago, [Jones] assumed command of HHB, and he has commanded with great distinction since the day he was handed the guidon,” said Sauter. “As [Jones] can surely attest, commanding this battery is no easy task. The unit is rarely in the same place, at the same time; in fact, over 10 percent of this unit is continually deployed to two different countries in the Middle East, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.”
In addition to an ongoing mission overseas, Jones, and other HHB, 32nd AAMDC commanders, had the stressful task of leading a battery full of senior ranking Soldiers, which includes a brigadier general, a command sergeant major, nine colonels and seven sergeants major.
“All of you have continued to support me, and I hope that you all have recognized my personal goals of supporting each section as much as possible and fighting for every Soldier in ‘Hatchet’ Battery,” said Jones. “If I did not have the correct answer, or the resources immediately available, I would do anything within my power to gather whatever was needed in order to make you all better Soldiers, better people and make your jobs a little bit easier. I truly enjoyed my time as your battery commander … I’ll look back on these days and I will miss them truly.”
“He was a great role model for our Soldiers; an extremely calm leader that our Soldiers felt comfortable being around,” said Sauter. “The unit’s accomplishments under [Jones] are too long to list, but suffice to say, he has accomplished every mission in the outstanding manner required at the general officer level.”
As the battery’s colors were passed from Jones to Sauter, then from Sauter to Lowry, so did the responsibility for leading and training the headquarters battery for the Army’s largest active-duty air defense artillery command.
“[Lowry], you were personally selected for this assignment because of your demonstrated performance and your clear potential to excel in positions of increased responsibility,” said Sauter. “Your mission is clear: Prepare the unit and its Soldiers to deploy in defense of our great nation, while developing Soldiers and taking care of families. Welcome and we are proud to have you commanding our battery.”
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