On June 27, 2012, the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim celebrated the change of command from COL Gregory Zellmer to COL Kenneth Rector. The ceremony took place on the kaserne’s airfield. Invited was also the Amerika in Augsburg e.V. Society. Since 2005, the unit that was the last to serve in Augsburg before base closure, regularly attends the Augsburg Plärrer Fair Parade. The Society was represented by 1st Chairman Georg Feuerer and its oldest member, Mr. Sepp Ittner. Both emphasize further friendly contacts between Augsburg and the 66th MI.
Chairman Georg Feuerer says farewell to COL Zellmer (left), and welcomes the new commander, COL Rector (right).
June 27, 2014: Also this year, a representative of Amerika in Augsburg e.V. Society attended the change of command from COL Kenneth Rector to Commander COL David Pendall. In the welcoming speech, Augsburg as former garrison town of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade was especially mentioned.
Left: Cutting the celebration cake. Right: COL Pendall (left) and spouse in conversation.
All Photos: Gerhard Rankl.
On 22 July 2016 the biennial Change of Command Ceremony of the 66th MI Brigade took place. This time, however, there was not only a change of the Commander but also a change of the Commander’s gender: COL David W. Pendall, the departing C/66th MI Brigade, relinquished command to COL Devon M. Blake at Wiesbaden-Erbenheim. Also invited to the ceremony was the Amerika in Augsburg e.V. Society, five of its members reminding that Augsburg had once been the garrison of this last U.S. Army unit stationed there - the 66th. Once again, this reflected the demands of international understanding between the former U.S. military guests and the citizens of Augsburg. Also present was MAJ Rick Cervenka (Ret.) of the American Legion Augsburg, Dwight D. Eisenhower - Post GR 13. Noticeable was the cordial, familiar atmosphere among those present, regardless of their diverse ranks. The welcome speech was given by Major General Christopher Ballard, Commanding General, INSCOM.
The Amerika in Augsburg e.V. Society delegation in front of US States flags.
COL Devon Blake turning over the unit colors in Hangar 1036, Clay Kaserne.
COL Devon Blake during her maiden speech.
Heinz Strüber, Georg Feuerer and Rick Cervenka are making themselves and the Augsburg e.V. Society known to COL Devon Blake.
The new Commander of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, posing for the photographers with the Society’s representatives from Augsburg.
Left: A warm farewell: Chairman Georg Feuerer and COL Devon Blake. Right: Several US State flags on stands.
A final talk with former Commander COL David Pendall and his wife (middle). Thomas Dollrieß, Gerhard Rankl and Heinz Strüber of AiA Society (from left).
The legendary celebration cake.
All photos: Amerika in Augsburg e.V. Society.