The Monitor • July 13, 2006 • 5 ‘DEEDS ABOVE WORDS’ 108th ADA conducts change of command PHOTOS BY SPC. JASON STADEL Capt. Dontaye Strawder, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 108th ADA Brigade commander, leads his troops during the pass in review. SPC. JASON STADEL Airborne Corps, 108th ADA reenlisted more 108th ADA Bde. Public Affairs Soldiers than any other separate brigade during Mann’s command. Soldiers from the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, conducted a change of command ceremony Wednesday at Noel Field. Col. Jeff Underhill assumed command of the brigade from Col. David Mann, who will become the Fort Bliss Chief of Staff. Underhill, an Ironton, Ohio, native, served as the senior air defense observer controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., as well as the commander of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery, which deployed in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Col. Jeff Underhill takes the 108th ADA Brigade Underhill is a 1984 graduate of Morehead State colors from XVIII Airborne Corps Deputy University and was commissioned through the Commander, Brig. Gen. James Cerrone. The 108th ADA Brigade staff stands at attention Reserve Officer Training Program the same year. during the change of command, from left to Underhill takes command of 108th ADA after Col. “I’m looking forward to working with each and right: 2nd Lt. Bryan Blockinger (S-1), Capt. Daivd Mann held the position for the last two years. Mann will now become the Fort Bliss Chief every one of you,” Underhill said to the Soldiers William Mercucci (S-2), Maj. Richard Fromm (S- of Staff. standing in formation. 3), and 1st Lt. Mark Davidson (S-4). Brig. Gen. James Cerrone, XVIII Airborne Corps deputy commanding general and reviewing officer of the ceremony, welcomed Underhill to the 108th ADA and said he “earned the privilege to command a brigade.” “Today is indeed important for 108th ADA,” said Cerrone. “It’s important because leaders make a dif- ference.” Mann, commander of the brigade for the last two years, thanked the Soldiers for their time, dedication and service to 108th ADA. “You truly represent the best this country has to offer,” Mann said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of the Soldiers standing before us.” During Mann’s time in command, he oversaw the train-up and rotation of eight individual firing bat- teries to the Republic of Korea. Mann also deployed to Iraq in 2005 with 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, during its deployment in support of OIF. 2-44 ADA is based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and is a subordinate battalion of 108th ADA. Also during Mann’s command, elements of the 3rd Battalion, Command Sgt. Maj. Kendal O' Leary, 2-43 ADA 4th Air Defense Artillery, headquartered at Fort Col. Jeff Underhill speaks to the Soldiers of command sergeant major, salutes during the Bragg, N.C., trained, prepared and deployed to Iraq. 108th ADA Brigade during the change of com- pass in review. Of the 13 separate brigades within the XVIII mand for the first time as brigade commander.