April 11, 2015 –
SALT LAKE CITY - A change of command ceremony was held for the 76th Operational Response Command Headquarters and Headquarters Company March 15, 2015, at Fort Douglas, Utah.
In front of family and friends, Maj. Sandra C. Peters relinquished command of the HHC to Capt. Sunny C. Griffith, a native of Salt Lake City, during the ceremony held at the Fort Douglas theater.
“It has been a great learning experience for me,” said Peters, a native of Salt Lake City. “I have enjoyed working with such a dedicated command group. It is probably the best position for growth that I have ever had in the military, and I am grateful for the experience.”
Peters was commissioned in 1996 from the Westminster College Reserve Officers' Training Corps program as a nurse, and then mobilized from January 2005 to March 2006 to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Facility in Germany as an ICU critical care nurse. She later served with the 2nd Medical Training Brigade as an observer/controller and critical care nurse trainer for deploying hospitals and clinical nurses.
The incoming commander, Griffith, joined the Army Reserve in March 1996 and received his commission in August 2004. He first served as a platoon leader in the 40th Military Police Company from 2005 to 2007 and was later assigned as the company’s executive officer during its deployment to Iraq in 2008, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. His most recent assignment was with the 76th ORC HHC as the executive officer.
“My objective for the unit is to increase, and then maintain, unit readiness,” said Griffith. “While the mission must always come first, I believe that those under your command should always be taken care of. I prefer to look out for my Soldiers first and my own best interests second.”