Lt. Col. Timothy Hartman, the outgoing commander of the Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, passes the unit's colors to Col. Wendul Hagler, the commander of the 70th Troop Command, during a change of command ceremony at the "Blue" Armory in Jefferson City. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).
By Pfc. Clay Beyersdorfer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion underwent a change of command ceremony in Jefferson City recently.
Lt. Col. Christopher Mickan, a Jackson native, became the commander for Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, taking the position from Lt. Col. Timothy Hartman.
Hartman, who currently resides in Collinsville, Ill., holds a baccalaureate degree in Animal Science from Northeast Missouri State University, currently Truman State University.
Including his most recent position as the Battalion Commander of the 835th, Lt. Col. Hartman currently has over 27 years of service in the Army National Guard. Within this time, he was an enlisted Soldier for two years as a food service specialist then received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Some of his previous job positions include repair parts management officer, petroleum supply officer, platoon leader, commander, supply and services officer, support operations officer, team leader of Task Force Phoenix, and the agricultural team leader of Agribusiness Development Team II.
"It has been an honor to serve as commander for the 835th," Hartman said. "I'd like to thank my wife, Sabrina, she has been such a positive influence and has given me a lot of good advice over the years."
The new commander for the 835th, Lt. Col. Mickan, voiced his excitement about taking command of the battalion.
"I appreciate being given the opportunity to lead such a great group of soldiers," Mickan said. "My promise as the commander of the 835th is to guide and support the soldiers and to continue to support the mission of the Missouri National Guard."
Mickan currently has approximately 23 years of service in the Army National Guard. Within this time, he was an enlisted soldier for five years. Since receiving his commission as an officer in 1991 through the completion of Officer Candidate School, some of his previous titles include: assistant military intelligence reconnaissance officer, platoon leader, detachment commander, construction management officer, intelligence officer, company commander, operations officer, support operations officer, operation and training officer, training plans officer, and his most recent position, the administrative logistical deputy commander of the Homeland Response Force with the 70th Troop Command.
His decorations and badges include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal Army, Army Commendation Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Reserve Components Achievement with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device - Bronze Hourglass Device, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon - 3rd Award, Missouri Commendation Medal - 4th Award, Missouri State Emergency Duty Ribbon, Missouri Long Service Ribbon for 20 years, Missouri Basic Training Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Bronze de Fleury Medal (Engineer).
Col. Wendul Hagler, commander of the 70th Troop Command, stated his confidence in Mickan's ability to lead the 835th as he addressed the entire battalion during the ceremony.
"Lt. Col. Mickan has continued to provide steady leadership throughout his time in the Guard, he is the right commander for the 835th; there is no finer officer," Hagler said.
Mickan holds a baccalaureate degree from Southeast Missouri State University, and will achieve an MBA from William Woods University this month.
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Col. Wendul Hagler, the commander of the 70th Troop Command, passes unit colors to Lt. Col. Christopher Mickan, the incoming commander of the Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, during a change of command ceremony at the "Blue" Armory in Jefferson City. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).