A ceremony was held Thursday, June 7 to honor outgoing Commander of the 502nd Infantry Regiment-- Col. Brett G. Sylvia. The day began with some presentations for Col. Sylvia and his wife, Lori. They were honored individually for the two years of outstanding leadership they have given to the 502nd. Mrs Sylvia and Mrs Escandon (Incoming Commander's wife) were presented with flowers. The troops stood in formation and were inspected by Col. Sylvia, Col. Escandon (Incoming Commander) and Maj. Gen. Poppas. Honors to the Nation, Invocation and Passing of the Colors were followed by brief speeches. The 502nd is known as Strike Brigade. Its motto is I am a Strike Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight! Col. Sylvia spoke about the three pillars that make Strike Brigade so successful: its leaders, its families and its soldiers. “Strike Soldiers commit to only one outcome—winning,” said Col. Sylvia. “It's more than overcoming an adversary. Winning means service for a better world. Winning means extending beyond the immediate and the mundane, for the exceptional and the extraordinary. Winning for a Strike Soldier is a habit of excellence. In all they do, they are dogged, unshakable and unyielding.”
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