FORT CARSON, CO – The 2nd Mobilization Support Group, 85th Support Command, held a unique change of command ceremony in transitioning three of their battalion commanders during the ceremony held at Lawton Reserve Center, Fort Carson, CO, March 03.
During the ceremony, three 2ND MSG, Mobilization Support Battalion commanders turned over the unit colors to the new incoming leaders. Major Christopher Nachand took command of 2215th MSB from Lieutenant Colonel Kimberly A. Bodoh, who has recently made the promotion list to Colonel; Lt. Col. Craig W. Cox took command of 2216th MSB from Lt . Col. Liliana Nieves; and Lt. Col. Jean Henderson took command of 2217th MSB from Maj. Robert Cloninger, who has recently made the promotion list to Lieutenant Colonel.
Col. Randolph Neal, Commander of the 2nd Mobilization Support Group presided over the ceremony and made remarks thanking the three battalions, who make up Team Carson, for all their accomplishments.
“Collectively, the three of you have done a great job building a cohesive, well-trained team. You started these units from their inception and built them to what they are today,” said Neal. “All of you made it easy to command knowing I never had to worry about Team Carson.”
Bodoh, 2215 MSB outgoing battalion commander, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard in 1986. She also has a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Currently, she is a Department of Air Force Civilian serving as the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy with the Joint Functional Component Command, Integrated Missile Defense. As a reservist, she will assume the responsibilities as Chief, Strategy and Policy-Strategic Initiatives with JFCCIMD.
Nachand, 2215 MSB incoming battalion commander, enlisted in the Army Reserves as an Infantryman in 1988, trained as a Combat Medic in 1989, and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Medial Service Corps in 1995. He began his commissioned career as an Administrative and Training Officer, and has served in increasing areas of responsibility as Company Executive Officer, Detachment Commander while deployed in Kuwait as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Battalion Staff Observer/Controller Trainer, and Battalion Executive Officer.
Nieves, 2216 MSB outgoing battalion commander, earned her commission through ROTC in 1987 after earning two bachelor degrees in nursing and military science from the Medical Science Campus, an extension of the University of Puerto Rico. Her Army assignments include Platoon Leader of a Tech Supply Platoon, Assistant S3, and Support Operations in III Corps, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Cox, 2216 MSB incoming battalion commander, is a native of Akron, Ohio, and is a 1985 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Aviation Branch into the active component of the US Army. Cox has served in a variety of command and staff positions, including flight operations officer, flight platoon leader, Battalion S4, and assistant battalion S3.
Cloninger, 2217 MSB outgoing battalion commander, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Personnel Specialist in 1980, and received his commission in the Military Police Corps in 1990. After serving in the Utah National Guard as an MP Platoon leader until 1996, he transferred into the Army Reserve. Cloninger was assigned as an Observer Controller for the 2nd/360th Regiment, 91st Division until 2000.
Henderson, 2217 MSB incoming battalion commander, is a native of Wheaton, IL and is a 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy. She received her commission as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps into the active component of the US Army. Henderson has served in a variety of staff and command positions including numerous signal, law enforcement and tactical operations positions; and general staff.
The 2nd Mobilization Support Group, 85th Support Command, is made up of twenty Mobilization Support Battalions across the western United States. The 2nd MSG provides logistics and administrative support to mobilizing and deploying Service-members.