Camp Shelby training unit hosting two change of command ceremonies

Camp Shelby training unit hosting two change of command ceremonies
The 177th is preparing for a busy period of summer training at Camp Shelby, which will begin in about two weeks with the arrival of the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade. (Source: Charles Herrington)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The U.S. Army brigade that oversees and validates the training of National Guard and Reserve forces at Camp Shelby has some new leadership within its ranks.

Two of the 177th Armored Brigade’s five active-duty battalions at the post have new commanders.

In a ceremony Friday morning, Lt. Col. Jen Etters assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, 315th Engineer Battalion.

She takes over for Lt. Col. James Palmer, who led that unit for two years.

Friday afternoon, another change of command ceremony took place for the 1st Battalion, 305th Infantry Regiment.

Lt. Col. Douglas Willig assumed command of that unit from former commander Col. Adam Lowmaster.

The 177th is preparing for a busy period of summer training at Camp Shelby, which will begin in about two weeks with the arrival of the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade.

That unit will undergo several weeks of intensive training as part of a possible future overseas deployment.

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