4th Infantry Division Baker Company | Change of Command Ceremony

Last week I photographed a US Army change of command ceremony in Fort Carson for dear friends, Meghan and Mark.

Mark possesses more strength in his little pinky than I do in my whole body. He’s a proven badass, having led Army forces in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, a stronghold for Taliban fighters.

Mark served as a US Army Commanding Officer of B Company, 2nd Battalion,12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Baker Company. CPT Moretti’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with the Valor Device, the United States military’s fourth highest award for valor and Purple Heart, among many others.

A bittersweet experience of tradition, A Change of Command Ceremony parallels that of an important graduation. Fellow soldiers, peers, and family hug and shake hands, some of which may meet again. Yet they’ve experience what it means to serve on the front lines of a war many of us only experience through modern-day media.

As an American, I’m proud to shake his hand, see him smile, and congratulate him. Meghan, the recipient of the Kit Carson Volunteer Service Award, gives great hugs!
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10 Responses to “4th Infantry Division Baker Company | Change of Command Ceremony”

  1. Brad Halladay — April 21, 2011 @ 5:37 am (#)

    Great pics! Makes me proud to be an American! Thank you to those who serve to keep our country free!

  2. Marnie Kern — April 21, 2011 @ 7:31 am (#)

    Thank you to all soldiers and their families for their sacrifice and service. RJ, your pictures are a beautiful tribute to these heroes. I love that you were there to document the change of command tradition, most civilians don’t have the opportunity for the honor. Thank you for a lovely patriotic slice of military life.

  3. Alan W. — April 21, 2011 @ 10:57 am (#)

    Touching shot in many ways. You got the energy man – blog is constantly updated with thoughtful text and wonderful images. Lots on your plate; gotta know how you find the time. Cheers bud!

  4. Rob Kern — April 21, 2011 @ 6:31 pm (#)

    Excellent rendition of what the silent heroes of your generation and our country are doing to protect and preserve our freedom and extend it to others! Nice job. Proud Father…Love, Dad

  5. Sean Kern — April 21, 2011 @ 11:10 pm (#)

    Very well done bro! A true tribute. I’m glad we were able to be there for Meghan and Mark, I know it was a special time for us all.

  6. Sgt. E5 Rick Bonekemper, B 2/12, Vietnam — May 26, 2011 @ 9:49 pm (#)

    Outstanding site! Wish you all the best from a 3rd Brigade, 4th Inf., B 2/12 Vietnam vet.

  7. Sgt. E5 Rick Bonekemper, B 2/12, Vietnam — May 26, 2011 @ 9:51 pm (#)

    When did “Bravo” become “Baker”?

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