The colors of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are passed from 1st Sgt. Jerimey Thompson (right) to Capt. Alan Brown (left), outgoing commander of the unit. The change of command ceremony took place in the Kansas City armory on May 6. (Photo by Jennifer Archdekin)
By Jennifer Archdekin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri National Guard's Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade said farewell to Capt. Alan Brown, of Wardsville, during a change of command ceremony on May 6 at the Kansas City National Guard Armory. After two years with the company, Brown relinquished his first command to Capt. Travis Neely of Lenexa, Kan.
Upon his leaving, Brown received the Army Commendation Medal for his leadership and perseverance which greatly contributed to the success and growth of his company during his two years commanding this unit.
"My hope is that this award reflects all the behind the scene efforts to assure Soldiers had the atmosphere and tools to be successful in their fields and career," said Brown.
Col. William A. Ward, commander of the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade said Brown was an integral part in the disaster relief efforts after the Joplin tornado, as well as the flooding in northwest Missouri in 2011. He said that the brigade was successful in these missions in no small part due to Brown.
"His leadership, compassion and can-do mentality helped this command during these trying times," said Ward. "He will be sorely missed by the 110th.
Brown has served in the military for 18 years. He has been a Citizen-Soldier for 12 years and with the Missouri National Guard for over two. Prior to the National Guard he served with the active duty Air Force for six years. During his career Brown has deployed to Sinai, Egypt and Ramadi, Iraq, and was also stationed in Europe.
The next assignment for Brown is with Detachment 1, Company A, 35th Infantry Division in St. Joseph. He currently works full-time as the state historian for the Missouri National Guard in Jefferson City.
Brown is supported by his wife, Margie, and daughter, Maria.
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Capt. Alan Brown (left) is presented with the Army Commendation Medal by Col. William A. Ward (right). (Photo by Jennifer Archdekin/Missouri National Guard)