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Change of Command for Army Reserve Soldiers

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JOHNSTON, Iowa, - Soldiers in five states are now under the command of a new leader.

A changing of the guard took place at a ceremony at Camp Dodge this morning. Brig. Gen. Arlan DeBlieck passed the colors of the 103rd Sustainment Command onto Col. Rod Faulk.

“I'm very sad to leave the 103rd. These soldiers poured their heart and soul into achieving something great,” says DeBlieck.

The only Iowan to command the 103rd ESC says the 5800 Army Reserve soldiers across the Midwest are in good hands.

“It's really a little bit of pressure, but it's not significant pressure because you have a great team, a great bunch of teammates,” says Faulk.

Faulk is from Dearborn, Michigan and joined the 103rd last year. He's already a familiar face and committed to the mission.

“We're sustainers which means we provide the logistics to sustain the trigger pullers, the war fighters, so we have to be ahead of the game,” says Faulk.

The soldier deployed to Iraq in 2010. They coordinate supplies and the transportation of equipment for the Army.

DeBlieck is leaving to take charge of the 7th Civil Support Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Today's ceremony was a transitional command change. A permanent commander for the 103rd ESC will take over duties later this fall or early next spring.

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