Brigade Troops Battalion Change of Command

By: Staff Sgt. Joshua Salmons
4th Sustainment Brigade PAO

Lt. Col. Kevin Stevens succeeded Lt. Col. William Schiek as battalion commander for the Brigade Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), when he took command in a ceremony held at Sadowski Parade Field here March 15.

It marked the first time the BTB had changed commanders since its inception in December 2004 as a part of the Army’s continuing modular transformation.

Stevens was reassigned from the 4th Sustainment Brigade where he served as the executive officer. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, recently returned, he said his first focus for the battalion is to continue preparations for the upcoming deployment.

“We’re getting ready to go back,” he said at the ceremony. “We’re going to keep training up. We’ll be ready when the time comes.”

When given the opportunity to speak about his new command, he was very enthusiastic.

“This is the job that I’ve worked toward for nearly my entire Army career. I’m fired up to be here! (My wife and I) are honored to be leading the Wolfpack battalion.”

Stevens began his career as an enlisted Soldier in 1974. He progressed to the rank of sergeant before receiving his commission in 1987 after earning his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He also holds a Master’s of Business Administration.

His military education includes the completion of the Medical Service Corps Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

Schiek has been reassigned to the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he will serve as an instructor.

During its deployment to Camp Taji, Iraq, the BTB established operations that focused on tactical communications for the brigade, provided medical support for the units in the brigade area of operations, performed unit maintenance, ran food service operations for the camp, and fully trained an Iraqi logistical unit.

 

Sgt Andrew Ober and Spc Christopher Hotz
Sgt. Andrew Ober and Spc. Christopher Hotz attach an adapter to a pump hookup outside of a pump station at the Veteran's Affairs hospital in Temple Texas March 22. Ober is a squad leader and Hotz is a water treatment specialist with the 62nd Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Service Support Battalion, 4th Sustainament Brigade, 13th Sustianment Command (Expeditionary).