MANNHEIM, Germany — Soldiers, friends and families of the 230th Military Police Company, 95th Militiary Police Battalion, gathered at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern July 2 to welcome their incoming commander, Capt. Joshua Larson, a native of Blythe, Ga., and farewell their outgoing commander, Capt. Shaun Hall, a native of Winston Salem, N.C., during a change of command ceremony.
Lt. Col. Duane Miller, 95th Military Police Battalion commander, presided over the cere-mony as the guest speaker.
In his remarks, Colonel Miller addressed the importance of the company commander’s role not only to the unit, but to the Army.
“The key player in ensuring our Army’s readiness is the company commander, a captain. This is a key responsibility,” he said. “That, for you Captain Hall, you have executed with precision, skill and leadership and Captain Larson, a responsibility that you are ready for and one that I know you do not take lightly.”
Captain Hall and the “Warmasters” of the 230th MP Co. returned in March from a 15-month deployment to Iraq where they conducted more than 2,000 combat patrols and missions covering more than 1 million miles while executing their Police Transition Team requirements.
“Soldiers and leaders of the 230th MP Company, we could not have done this without your cooperative and collaborative efforts; I’ve never worked with or seen a better team,” Captain Hall said.
While departing a unit is often a bittersweet event for a commander, Captain Hall said, “Today marks the beginning of a new era in the Warmaster legacy.”
Upon his departure from the 230th MP Co., Captain Hall is scheduled to serve as a plans officer for the 18th Military Police Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Mannheim, Germany.
Captain Larson was most recently assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, as the executive officer.
Captain Larson joins the unit with his wife, Abby, and has pledged “total
professionalism, respect and understanding to all I work with and offer my utmost diligence to the Warmaster Soldiers in my command.”