CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - It was a ceremony full of tradition Thursday morning on Camp Shelby's Parade Field.
The 158th Infantry Brigade held a Change of Command Ceremony where the troops said goodbye to Brigade Commander Colonel Thomas Hollis and welcomed the new Brigade Commander Colonel Christopher Forbes.
The commanders did the Inspection of Troops, symbolizing the troops readiness for hand over , and the outgoing brigade commander inspecting his troops making sure he's leaving everything in good standing.
"Transition is a bittersweet thing when you leave command. Its awesome responsibility to have the opportunity to command our nations finest soldiers that everyday, day in day out give of themselves to improve those that get ready to deploy. So, its ah bittersweet," said Hollis.
Colonel Hollis says he will take his experience at Camp Shelby to his next assignment as Chief of Staff for Mission Command Center of Excellence, Combined Armed Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
"What soldiers in smaller units need in command control, sometimes too much information is not a good thing. So, how we can organize that and provide that to those units is crucial. I think I can provide that to my next command," said Hollis.
Colonel Forbes says as new brigade commander he can offer is fresh experiences from overseas.
"What I do bring is recent experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. I been deployed for the past three years. I been deployed two years of those in Iraq and in Afghanistan. So, I bring some ideas of how we train and prepare for that environment," said Forbes.