Headquarters and Headquarters Company, made up of a little under 100 Soldiers, welcomed their new commander in a Change of Command Ceremony held in front of the 2nd Engineer Battalion Headquarters Feb. 24. During the ceremony the guidon was officially passed from outgoing company commander, Capt. Gregory Canady to incoming company commander, Capt. Brendon Hischar.
Canady will be leaving WSMR to immediately train with a different unit for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Canady took command of two companies, 573rd Clearance Co., and HHC, while assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion.
During his first command, Canady had to prematurely relinquish command to battle cancer in February of 2012. Canady had only served as the 573rd commander for six months when he found out about his deadly illness and took a temporary leave of absence. After overcoming the fight for his life, Canady returned cancer free and took command of HHC.
“Greg is clearly a mature capable leader,” said Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. James Koeppen. “Capt. Canady made it possible to train, deploy, and redeploy Soldiers. Without his efforts and sacrifices none of this would have been possible.”
Hischar, originally from Keller, Texas has served in several different capacities within his six years in the Army. Hischar came into the Army as an engineer second lieutenant. His military education includes Engineer Basic Advanced Officer Courses and Explosive Ordnance Clearance Agent course. He has deployed three times and served in leadership and staff officer roles.
“Brendon is a proven combat leader,” Koeppen said.
“You’ve got a great company in front of you,” Koeppen said of the HHC.
During the ceremony, Canady took the podium one last time to say farewell to his company and the WSMR community. The ceremony ended with Hischar’s first address to his company as company commander.
“I promise to do my best to support this company and the battalion,” Hischar said.