Military Intelligence unit welcomes new commander
Sgt. Marcie C. Wright,
402nd FA Public Affairs:
Headquarters Support Company, 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, welcomed Capt. Michael R. Meador as their new commander when Capt. Maribel Cisneros relinquished her command to him at a ceremony in a hangar at Biggs Army Airfield Sept. 14.
Witnessed by a small company formation and honored guests, an inspection arms was performed before the ceremonial passing of the company guidon from its keeper to the departing commander; then to battalion commander Lt. Col. Glenn Lapoint, and from him to the company’s incoming leader; and finished back into the hands of the keeper. This traditional ceremony is Army symbolism for the formation of troops falling under new hands, new leadership and a new commander.
“Her experience throughout the battalion as S-2, battle captain and embassy LNO, provided a depth of insight and key perspectives to make all the staff sections better and continually improve the support to our intelligence consumers,” said Lapoint of the outgoing Cisneros. “Although her and her husband Jimmy will leave Fort Bliss soon, the impression they left on the unit and its people to rehearse the theory of attention to detail, arrive at determination … will not soon be forgotten.”
Under the leadership of Cisneros, the company accomplished remarkable Army physical fitness statistics within the battalion, having the lowest number of failures and the highest Army Physical Fitness Test average score. She also sent and welcomed the safe return of 50 Soldiers sent to SOUTHCOM, 50 to NORTHCOM and 10 more to CENTCOM for deployments.
She called the Soldiers of HSC a “team of professionals” and “a well oiled machine” because of their collective dedication and teamwork.
The incoming Meador said he has one focus as the commander: mission support.
“Our country is at war with bases and threats from all corners of the globe,” said Meador to his troops. “Our job is to do everything we can to keep our nation’s enemies at bay and keep them in the crosshairs of our fellow patriots.”
Cisneros was the HSC commander for one year.
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