DVIDS – News – The 1st battalion of the 28th infantry regiment changes command

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FORT BENNING, Ga. – The 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division officially changed command and responsibility during a ceremony May 25, 2021, at Black Lions Field at Fort Benning.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Stephen Magennis relinquished command and responsibility of 1st Bn. 28th Inf. Regt.. to Lt. Col. Daniel Pecha.

Over the past two years under Magennis’ command, the battalion has accomplished a long list of accomplishments. He led the battalion through a formal conversion from a task force to a light infantry battalion. The battalion conducted cadet summer training at the United States Military Academy, participated in the United States Army’s ten-level training in Africa for African NATO countries, conducted a rotation of the National Training Center in support of the 1st Armored Division and successfully conducted a combat exercise. The unit is now preparing to test its mettle in Operation Eastern Shield in Japan.

The Black Lions have won a number of distinctive awards, including winning the 3rd Annual Marne ID Week in 2019 and being ranked as the best battalion in 2021. The battalion has won awards for the best team of Division Fire Support for two consecutive years and for the U.S. Army Forces Command Top Sniper Section in the 2021 Top Sniper Competition.

“Command is an incredibly empowering experience in so many ways,” Magennis said. “Seeing soldiers accomplish great things individually and together as a cohesive team makes it special. I love my Black Lions and look forward to seeing their continued success.

Many of these distinctions have occurred throughout the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soldiers who served under Magennis cite his deepest achievement as the culture he fostered and cultivated in the unit.

“It has been an absolute honor to serve as a leader in this organization under the command of LTC Magennis,” said 1st Lt. Daralyn Roughton, plans officer for the battalion. “He not only developed the lethality and skill of our soldiers, but he also strengthened men and women of quality character at all levels. He instilled a sense of pride and excellence in the Black Lions through his a winning mentality and genuine care for the soldiers.He will be greatly missed by the leaders and soldiers of 1-28 Infantry.

During the official ceremony, the division commander-in-chief also praised the outgoing battalion commander.

“From the time Steve took command of 1-28 Infantry, we have kept them moving,” said Major General Antonio Aguto, commanding general of 3rd ID. “The Army needs highly trained and deadly combat units capable of adapting to the complexities of warfare, and this battalion demonstrates that it has all the skills and attitude necessary to adapt and overcome the challenges. on any dynamic battlefield in the future.”

Commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1999, Magennis’ experience includes serving as deputy in charge of operations at US Army Futures Command before taking command of the Black Lions.

Pecha takes command of the 1st Bn. 28th Inf. Regt. after a three-year tenure as a professor of military science at Creighton University.

“For the past three years I have had the great honor of helping others achieve their goals of becoming an army officer and it has been one of, if not the most rewarding job of my 18 years of career,” Pecha said. “Creighton University is an incredible place that embraces the importance of Army values ​​to include humility. The future of the military is bright based on the sample of superb young Americans I have had the opportunity to work with.

The commanding general also welcomed Pecha and his family to the Marne Division and expressed his confidence in the new commander’s abilities for the unit’s future missions. Pecha is excited and eager for the task.

“I am truly honored to have been selected as the battalion commander of an outstanding organization with a history of performance,” he said. “As a former Black Lion, from 2014 to 2015, I look forward to working with the outstanding officers, NCOs and privates of the Black Lions Battalion and adding to the organization’s legacy.”







Date taken: 27.05.2021
Date posted: 27.05.2021 16:23
Story ID: 397631
Site: FORT BENNING, Georgia, USA





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