180th Transportation Battalion Change of Command Ceremony
June 16, 2005
Story by U.S. Army Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office
FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers of the 180th Transportation Battalion participated in a change of command ceremony at Hood Stadium here Friday in honor of their outgoing and incoming commanders.
Outgoing is Lt. Col. Glenn K. Grothe, Bronze Star Medal holder and graduate of the University of Colorado. Incoming is Lt. Col. William L. Moseley, holder of the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, who was commissioned into the Infantry through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Southwest Texas State University.
In his farewell speech, Grothe spoke directly to his Soldiers, thanking them for all their hard work and all their accomplishments. Grothe described these Soldiers of the 180th as great, disciplined and excellent.
"I am proud to have served with such great Soldiers and Americans," Grothe said, his voice thick with emotion. "I say a daily prayer for God's strength to lead diligently," he continued, referring to the heavy responsibilities of commanding an entire battalion of Soldiers.
"This is not my battalion - it's the Army's battalion," he continued. "The Army entrusted (the 180th) to me."
Grothe went on to say that Moseley is the right person to continue to lead the battalion.
Moseley and his wife, Vicki, come from San Antonio and live on Fort Hood with their 4 year old daughter, Cassie. Commissioned in 1988, Moseley has vast experience in Army leadership responsibilities. He has been a rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, assistant movement control officer, motor/rail officer, company commander and small group leader.
This latest assignment brings him to a group of Soldiers who have seen combat and will likely see it again. Under Grothe's leadership, these Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy, said Col. Thomas J. Richardson, 64th Corps Support Group commander.
Now Moseley has the opportunity to continue the legacy of outstanding Soldiers who truly live up to the battalion motto - King of the Road - Richardson said.
"Take care of these Soldiers. They are America's best."
Lt. Col. Grothe, Col. Richardson and Lt. Col. Moseley salute during the playing of the national anthem during the 180th change of command ceremony Friday.