During a change of command ceremony in Kansas City, Capt. Travis Neely (center) receives the colors of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade for the first time. (Photo by Jennifer Archdekin)
By Jennifer Archdekin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard's Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade ushered in new leadership at a change of command ceremony on Sunday, May 6 in Kansas City. Capt. Travis Neely took command of the company from Capt. Alan Brown.
Neely has served with the Missouri National Guard since 2010 and this is his first command position.
"This is a real unique chance to work with such a diverse organization," said Neely. "The Maneuver Enhancement Brigade encompasses so many different military occupational specialties and officer branches. It's an opportunity to really understand each branch's role and how they fit into the larger mission for both the state of Missouri and the Army."
Though relatively new to the Missouri National Guard, Neely brings with him 10 years of military experience. He first served in the active duty Army and commissioned as an officer in 2002. In 2003 he was part of the invasion of Iraq with 937th Engineer Group in support of the 3rd Infantry Division. In 2004 he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 70th Engineer Battalion and the 1st Armored Division. In 2005 he served with the 70th Engineer Battalion under the 3rd Infantry Division in support of OIF.
"I really look forward to seeing the younger Soldiers and leaders develop," said Neely. "I hopefully will develop with them from both a personal and professional standpoint. It's a privilege to be a leader not only for the Army, but also for the state I grew up in."
Neely said the 110th MEB is a distinctive unit.
"They are a very adaptable group of Citizen-Soldiers," said Neely. "This was displayed last summer during both the Joplin tornado and the Missouri River flood. Leadership placed many Soldiers outside of their specific duties and roles. Their ability to step into an unfamiliar role and excel was key in the success of both of these missions. They represented our organization with pride and made a significant impact on the people within the communities affected by these disasters."
Currently Neely works full-time as a Department of the Army civilian operations officer at the National Simulation Center on Fort Leavenworth. He grew up in Mount Vernon and has lived Lenexa, Kan. for the past six years. He is a 2002 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.
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Capt. Travis Neely (Photo by Jennifer Archdekin/Missouri National Guard)