Prior to preparing for their upcoming departure next year, the Forward Support Company said farewell to their commander of almost 12 months during a change of command ceremony Sept. 2. Capt. Johnette Dillon, outgoing company commander, handed over the reins to Capt. Jeremiah Nichols, incoming company commander, during a morning ceremony held in front of the battalion’s headquarters.
Lt. Col. James Koeppen, 2nd Engineer Battalion Commander, hosted the ceremony. During the ceremony, Koeppen thanked Dillon for her dedicated service to the company.
“Capt. Dillon has been at the helm ensuring the company and their families are cared for,” Koeppen said. “She and her team have improved every system in this company.”
Koeppen also went on to thank the company for their professionalism, and welcomed Nichols to his new role within the battalion.
“We’re fortunate that as another great leader moves on another diligent leader steps in,” Koeppen said.
During the ceremony, Dillon took the opportunity to thank God, her family, and her fellow Soldiers for her success in her role. Dillon served as the company’s commander since September of last year. Her awards include the Armed Forces Reserve Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, among others. Dillon will be returning to her hometown in New Orleans.
“It’s time for me to transition myself and re-stabilize,” Dillon said. “I don’t leave with any regrets. I realized what my purpose was. My purpose was to mentor and train these Soldiers.”
“What you have standing before you is a representation of excellence. I am your biggest supporter and your staunchest fan,” Dillon said to her company.
Nichols took to the podium for the first time as company commander. He thanked his family, and his wife for their support in accomplishing his goals. Nichols has served as the battalion’s Projects Officer and Current Operations Officer since August of last year. His awards include the National Defense Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon among others.
“Today offers the Forward Support Company with a new opportunity for growth and professionalism,” Nichols said.
Nichols kept all policies and procedures in place until further notice. During his speech, Nichols asked his company to continue to carry out its mission.
“The things that aren’t enjoyable are probably the areas (in which) the Army needs you the most,” Nichols said.
The Forward Support Company was reestablished in October 2008 at WSMR. In April 2010 the company deployed to Afghanistan for one year to provide support and logistics. Currently, the company consists of 89 Soldiers.