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NEWS | May 16, 2022

Army Reserve Tough 'Ombres host change of command ceremony

By Sgt. 1st Class Jay Townsend 90th Sustainment Brigade

Army Reserve Soldiers known as the Tough ‘Ombres from the 90th Sustainment Brigade conducted a change of command ceremony on Camp Pike in North Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 14, 2022.

Col. Stephen M. Pazak relinquished command to Col. Dixon T. Brockbank from Perry, Utah, after serving as the brigade's commander since June 1, 2020.

Pazak thanked the Tough ‘Ombres for their tireless efforts as they navigated through the pandemic while still supporting the multidomain battle space. “Keep rowing the boat,” said Pazak.

U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Kevin Meisler, Commander of the 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), officiated the ceremony.

Meisler applauded Pazak for his dedication to the Army Reserve and Tough ‘Ombres. Pazak is moving on to serve as the Chief of Staff for the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Orlando, Florida.

Col. Brockbank joins the Tough 'Ombres after serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff G5 Plans for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command out of New Orleans, Louisiana.

“I am honored to join the Tough ‘Ombres’ and serve as the commander in a unit with such a rich history,” said Col. Dixon T. Brockbank. “It’s our duty to honor that rich tradition by ensuring we are physically and mentally prepared to carry out our assigned missions at all times.”

Brockbank’s priorities for the brigade include readiness, professional development and team building, recruiting and retention, and safety.

The 90th Sustainment Brigade’s lineage goes back to August 1917 when the unit was formed as an Infantry Division on Camp Travis, Texas. When the 90th Infantry Division landed on D-Day, the blood-red T-O insignia meant Texas and Oklahoma. Today the T-O stands for "Tough 'Ombres” as the units members hail from all over the United States.