1-18th Infantry Transfers Authority to the “Rangers”

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Eric Batchelor, left, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj.  Thomas Williams, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment command team, uncase their unit’s colors during a transfer of authority ceremony June 10, 2014, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Army Lt. Col and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Uncase Their Unit's Colors during Transfer of Authority Ceremony

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Eric Batchelor, left, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj.  Thomas Williams, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment command team, uncase their unit’s colors during a transfer of authority ceremony June 10, 2014, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. During the ceremony, the “Vanguards” of the 1-18th Combined Arms Battalion (CAB) transferred authority to the “Rangers” of the 2-16th CAB. The 2-16th CAB will be supporting CJTF-HOA’s mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)

U.S. Soldiers from the “Vanguards” of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment transferred authority to the “Rangers” of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, June 10, 2014, in an indoor ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. "Vanguards" of the 1-18th Transferred Authority to the "Rangers" of the 2-16th at Camp Lemonnier

U.S. Soldiers from the “Vanguards” of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment transferred authority to the “Rangers” of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, June 10, 2014, in an indoor ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Both units hail from Fort Riley, Kansas. During the 1-18th Combined Arms Battalion time in country, the unit activated the East Africa Response Force, secured U.S. Embassy-South Sudan and evacuated 700 U.S. and foreign national noncombatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert Magee, left, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Erickson case the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, colors during the transfer of authority ceremony June 10, 2014, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Army Lt. Col. and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Case the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment Colors During Transfer of Authority Ceremony

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert Magee, left, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Erickson case the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, colors during the transfer of authority ceremony June 10, 2014, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. During the ceremony, the “Vanguards” of the 1-18th Combined Arms Battalion (CAB) transferred authority to the “Rangers” of the 2-16th CAB. Magee is the commander of the 1-18th CAB and Erickson is the battalion’s command sergeant major. The “Vanguards” will be returning to their home station of Fort Riley, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)

The “Rangers” of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, transferred authority from the “Vanguards” of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, during an indoor ceremony June 10, 2014, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Hailing from Ft. Riley, Kansas, the 2-16th Combined Arms Battalion (CAB) and the 1-18th Infantry fall under the command of the 1st Infantry Division.

While in Djibouti, the 1-18th Infantry focused on force protection, military-to-military engagements with partner nations as well as supporting CJTF-HOA’s mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in the region.

“With the boss’s vision and the staff’s support, the battalion was able to make a difference throughout East Africa,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert Magee, 1-18th Infantry commander.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, presided over the ceremony.

 “The 1-18th is a hard-charging, team-oriented group of experienced warriors,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general. “Just four days after their arrival they set a historic precedent.”

Grigsby continued describing how the unit activated the East Africa Response Force, secured U.S. Embassy-South Sudan and evacuated 700 U.S. and foreign national noncombatants.

The general also directed comments toward the Rangers.

 “To the 2-16th, you are charged with carrying on one of the most important missions in the United States Department of Defense; to protect Americans from violent extremists,” Grigsby said.

The 2-16th CAB will continue the 1-18th Infantry's efforts of protection, military-to-military engagements with partner nations as well as supporting CJTF-HOA’s mission.

“Almost 70 years ago the Rangers earned their name during Normandy, so here we are to write another chapter in history,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Eric Batchelor, 2-16th CAB commander. “I want you all to remain vigilant and prepared to continue operations.”

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