22 May 2017
Col. Scott M. Halter assumes command of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick during a Change of Command ceremony May 11 at the Fort Detrick Auditorium. Photo by Siegfried Bruner, USAG Visual Information
Col. Scott M. Halter assumes command of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick.
The Fort Detrick U.S. Army Garrison conducted a Change of Command ceremony May 11 at the Fort Detrick Auditorium.

Col. Robert A. O’Brien relinquished command to Col. Scott M. Halter during a ceremony surrounded by distinguished guests, general officers, community leaders, fellow Soldiers, family members and the Fort Detrick community.

Davis D. Tindoll, Jr., U.S. Army Installation Management Command Atlantic Region director, served as the reviewing officer for the ceremony and applauded O’Brien for his leadership and commitment to the Fort Detrick community.

"As the Army protects our citizens and serves or Nation in a time of war we expect much for our Soldiers and their families. The U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s mission is to integrate and deliver base support to enable readiness for a globally responsive Army. The centerpiece of the Installation Management Command is the garrison and the individuals leading that organization are integral in achieving success,” said Tindoll during his remarks. “However, the Army doesn’t train its officers to be garrison commanders, but it does develop leaders; leaders who are capable, innovative and motivated to handle the challenges of this type of command. That’s how I would describe Col. Bob O’Brien.”"

Tindoll went on to say "O’Brien has proven himself a gifted leader. He applied and honed the skills he learned in combat to this installation. In today’s uncertain environment where others saw challenges, he saw opportunity. Every day he portrayed the Warrior Ethos of duty, loyalty, honor and selfless service as evident in his unwavering support to the senior commander and the mission partners of Fort Detrick. O'Brien had a vision of improvement and he did not cower at the obstacles."

During his address to incoming commander Col. Scott Halter, Tindoll expressed his confidence in Halter to move the Fort Detrick USAG in the right direction.

"Col. Halter brings extensive experience to his new position," said Tindoll. "Scott, I am confident with your demonstrated leadership that you will build on the successes of your predecessors. The challenges are many, but I am confident that you bring new energy and excellence to the garrison at this installation."

O’Brien thanked those in attendance, his family and the garrison workforce for their continued support.

"This garrison team is a team of Warfighters. For an infantryman to say something like that is an expression of great respect, admiration and gratitude, sentiments not held lightly by those of us in combat arms," said O'Brien. "I’m here to sing the praises of that team that directly supports mission readiness every day. I’m here to say thank you for the professionalism with which you do your work and for having the patience to teach someone like me how important the garrison business is. Thank you for the many years of service you have given to our Nation."

Incoming commander Halter briefly addressed the crowd, thanking his family and those in attendance.

"It is a distinct and humble honor to take command of this special and superb Army garrison," said Halter. "This garrison has a long and proud tradition of serving our Nation, local communities as well as the myriad of tenants here on Fort Detrick and Forest Glen. We are thrilled about being a part of this great community and being a part of the amazing IMCOM and USAMRMC teams."

Halter most recently served on the Army Staff in G8 Force Development at the Pentagon.

Halter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and Master of Arts degrees from Gonzaga University and the U.S. Marine Corps War College. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Bronze Stars and four Air Medals. He is a Senior Army Aviator qualified to fly the UH60A/L/M Blackhawk helicopter.

The ceremony concluded with a reception welcoming the incoming commander and a receiving line wishing the O’Brien’s best of luck on their new assignment.
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