Two changes of command scheduled for FLW CG, National Guard unit
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 8:07 am
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 30, 2010) — Two change-of-command ceremonies are planned tomorrow and next week at Fort Leonard Wood for the post’s commanding general and for the head of a National Guard training organization which, among other functions, helps enlisted members of the National Guard obtain officer’s commissions.
Both changes of command involve personnel who are returning from or going to overseas deployments, but the missions are quite different: one involves a general who was responsible for correcting the Abu Ghraib detainee abuse scandal in Iraq and the other involves a colonel who will command part-time National Guardsmen who are full-time Missouri farmers and will use their agricultural expertise to help improve farming operations in a rural Afghanistan province.
Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock currently serves as deputy commanding general of detainee operations for the Multi-National Force-Iraq and is also the commander of Task Force 134 in Iraq, which is the American unit in charge of the prison facilities in Iraq which house suspected insurgents. He’ll take command of Fort Leonard Wood in a Friday ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 7, at Gammon Field, with an awards ceremony preceding at 8:30 a.m., at the same location. For the last few months, Brig. Gen. David Phillips has served as interim commanding general for the installation and he will return to his position as the commandant of the United States Army Military Police School and Military Police Regiment at Fort Leonard Wood.
During tomorrow’s 10 a.m. ceremony at the U.S. Army Engineer Museum on Fort Leonard Wood, Col. Jeffery S. Reichman will take command of the140th Regional Training Institute from Lt. Col. North K. Charles, who has commanded the regiment for two years and will become the executive officer for the deploying Agribusiness Development Team IV. The unit begins pre-mobilization training for deployment to Afghanistan at the end of May. During the deployment, the team will work to undo years of damage to the agricultural and livestock infrastructure in Nangharhar Province. Reichman’s previous assignment was as the joint staff intelligence directorate for the Missouri National Guard.
Quantock, a career military policeman who previously served as the commandant of the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, is known as the American commander brought in to repair the damage caused by the 2004 detainee abuse scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison. That case involved several American soldiers, including Spec. Charles Graner and Pfc. Lynndie England, who were later court-martialed for abusing Iraqi detainees and photographing them in various sexually humiliating positions.
More recently, he’s been working to release detainees or transfer them to the control of Iraqi security forces and has been responsible for the Sept. 17 shutdown of Camp Bucca, a large American-run prison in Iraq that once housed more than 21,000 inmates but had only half that number by the end of 2008; only 180 inmates remained when it finally closed.
While much less well-known than the detainee operations, the 140th Regional Training Institute is also a key part of the National Guard’s preparations for combat. It’s based at based at Fort Leonard Wood, is part of the One Army School System, and has a schoolhouse organized into a headquarters element and four battalions.
According to a Missouri National Guard press release, those battalions include:
• the 2nd General Studies Battalion, based at Fort Leonard Wood, which teaches officer and warrant officer candidate schools, military occupation specialty reclassification, leadership and functional courses,
• the 5th Ordnance Battalion, based at Jefferson City’s Ike Skelton Training Site, which includes the Regional Training Site-Maintenance and conducts all of Missouri's ordnance and maintenance courses,
• the 1st Engineer Training Battalion, based at Fort Leonard Wood, which teaches engineer military occupation specialty reclassification, leadership and functional courses, and
• the Training and Evaluation Battalion, based at Fort Leonard Wood, which is designed to help prepare mobilizing Missouri Guard units for deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations in support of the global war on terrorism.