64th Corps Support Group Change of Command
Story by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office
A light breeze blew warm Texas air across the concrete field, causing guidons to flow with the wind. Battle Dress Uniform-clad Soldiers stood tall at attention, eyes straight ahead and chins up. Sweat glistened softly on the faces of guests as the ceremony began.
Col. Thomas J. Richardson's eyes scanned the faces of the Soldiers of the 64th Corps Support Group for the last time. His eyes closed and his head bowed as the opening invocation was given. He marched proudly and returned the salutes of the Soldiers of his command as he participated in the traditional inspection of the troops. Yet his heart seemed heavy as he delivered his final speech as commander of the 64th.
"[Soldiers] are what I will miss most," he said to the troops who are some of the most deployed on Fort Hood. "Y'all look great."
He then asked the Soldiers and guests to take a minute, close their eyes and think about their comrades who are currently deployed - fighting to ensure the continued freedom of the nation.
The now-former commander of the 64th has led his unit with courage and compassion for the last two years, said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general of the 13th Corps Support Command. Under Richardson's command, the 64th never disappointed the units it was supporting, Terry said.
Now, however, the responsibility of command falls onto the shoulders of Col. Cassandra V. Roberts, a proven leader and logistician, Terry said.
Roberts - whose sense of humor shone through during her first speech as commander of the 64th.
"I'm sure [Richardson] turned over a fine command today … If he didn't, he knows he'll hear about it!" Roberts laughed as she commented on the 2nd command she has taken over from Richardson.
A Distinguished Military Graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech, Roberts comes to the 64th following her attendance at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Aide-de-camp to the Secretary of the Army, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C., from 1993-1994, Roberts has served in numerous capacities while at the same time continuing her education and filling the roles of wife and mother of three. She and her husband, Col. Bryan T. Roberts, have both deployed due to the aftermath of September 11th.
Roberts' awards for her services include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Service Medal and North Atlantic Treaty Organizational Medal. She also received the Army Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
During her time in service, Roberts has not only proven herself as a Soldier, but as a scholar as well. In addition to the bachelor's degree that she holds, she has received a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. She has another master's in national resource strategy from the Industrial College.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, Col. Thomas J. Richardson and Col. Cassandra V. Roberts participate in the traditional passing of the guidon during the 64th Corps Support Group change of command ceremony.