Major Michael Fowler, a veteran of the Iraq War, takes command of the New York Army National Guard's 102nd Military Police Battalion at the New York State Armory in Auburn on Sunday Sept. 8.
WHO: Major Michael Fowler, the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Arthur Zegers, the outgoing commander, Col. James Pabis, the commander of the 153rd Troop Command, and the men and women of the 102nd Military Police Battalion.
WHAT: A traditional military change-of-command ceremony in which the colors, or flag, of the battalion is transferred from Zegers to Fowler by Pabis, signifying the change of responsibility and authority for the battalion from one commander to another. Traditionally the unit's color's marked the location of the commander on the battlefield and the ceremony allowed the Soldiers to know who their commander was.
WHEN: 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2012
WHERE: New York State Armory, 174 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021
Members of the media seeking access to this secure military facility must contact Capt. Justin M. Pelletier at 315-255-8935
Reporters will have the opportunity to interview both the incoming and outgoing commanders. Video and photographic opportunities include Soldiers in formation in the aircraft hanger as well as the ceremony in which the unit colors are transferred.