Wranglers own changes command

Story and Photos by Capt. Mary Smith and Sgt. John D. Ortiz
4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The only thing in life that is constant is change, and the Army is no exception.

The Fort Hood, Texas based Brigade Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), acknowledged two outstanding commanders and all their many achievements, and welcomed two new commanders to the team.

The Soldiers of Wolf Pack Battalion welcomed Capt. Anthony Crumbey as the new Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander and Capt. Faith Lee as the new Alpha Company commander, replacing Captains Phoebe Price and Matthew McGraw for HHC and Alpha Company respectively, marking a truly historic event for the 4th SB.

Both 1st Sgts. John Simmons of HHC and Wyman Rosener of Alpha Company ensured both company formations were standing tall.

 From throughout the brigade, Wrangler Soldiers showed their support and received a very special performance starting with the National Anthem performed by Staff Sgt. Brittney Beck and Sgt. Ebony Hogan.

In 2006, after a tour as the battalion’s supply and logistics officer, Captain Price took command of brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, leading the unit through redeployment from Camp Taji, Iraqi. In March 2008, commanding one of the most unique and distinctive units in the Army, she led the unit on its current deployment to Kuwait, where she relinquished command to Capt. Anthony B. Crumbey.

Capt. Anthony B. Crumbey hails from Detroit, Mich. He enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in 1997.  In 2001, Crumbey graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and was then commissioned as a second lieutenant.

He served the 4th Infantry Division as a platoon leader, shop officer, company executive officer, service and supply officer and a brigade maintenance officer for the 4th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade. He deployed with the Wrangler brigade headquarters in March 2008 as a brigade plans officer and later joined the battle staff.

In 2007, Capt. Matthew McGraw, after serving as a platoon leader, company executive officer and a battalion signal officer, assumed command of Alpha Company after a tour to Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division.

In March 2008, he led his company on the current deployment to provide communications support to convoy support teams and the brigade signal shop.

The change of command ceremony represented the Army’s promise to Soldiers in the unit and the American people, that they can depend on the unit to continue to be steadfast in meeting our nation’s requirements regardless of the turnover within its ranks of leaders and Soldiers.

Price and McGraw hand over the reigns of command to Crumbey and Lee
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — (R-L) Capts. Anthony Crumbey, Phoebe Price, Lt. Col. Kevin Stevens, Matthew McGraw, and Faith Lee stand in front of their respective companies as Price and McGraw hand over the reigns of command to Crumbey and Lee presided over by Brigade Troops Battalion commander Lt. Col. Stevens. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz)

Capts. Anthony Crumbey and Faith Lee
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — New company commanders Capts. Anthony Crumbey and Faith Lee are all smiles in front of their respective guidons after officially receiving command of their companies during a change of command ceremony here. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz)

 

Lt. Col. Kevin Stevens and Capt. Faith Lee
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Brigade Troops Battalion commander Lt. Col. Kevin Stevens hands the Alpha Company guidon to Capt. Faith Lee symbolizing the transfer of authority from Capt. Matthew McGraw during a change of command ceremony here. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz)

Capt. Anthony Crumbey and Lt. Col. Kevin Stevens
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait   New Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander Capt. Anthony Crumbey receives the HHC guidon from Lt. Col. Kevin Stevens as former commander Capt. Phoebe Price looks on during a change of command ceremony here. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz)