3rd Chemical Brigade welcomes new commander Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 June 2013
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During a Tuesday morning change-of-command ceremony on Gammon Field, 3rd Chemical Brigade welcomed in Col. Jon Drushal and said farewell to Col. James Bonner.

Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School commandant, was the reviewing officer for the ceremony.

“Today is a bittersweet day, as we close one chapter of the great history of the 3rd Chem. Bde., and open another through this change of command,” Combs said.
Col. James Bonner, outgoing 3rd Chemical Brigade commander, prepares to receive the unit colors from Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Aldenburg Jr., as Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, USACBRN commandant, and Col. Jon Drushal watch during the 3rd. Chem. Bde. change-of-command ceremony Tuesday on Gammon Field.

Combs thanked Bonner for his commitment to the job and commitment to excellence while training more than 40,000 chemical Soldiers during his two years as brigade commander. She then welcomed Drushal and his Family.

“Only two chemical officers get the opportunity to command units in our Army — just two out of about 54 chemical colonels. So this is truly an exceptional officer; we don’t just pick anybody to do this,” Combs said.

Drushal thanked guests for coming to the ceremony and complimented everyone on the field for doing a superb job.

Drushal said he was humbled by this opportunity to continue serving Soldiers and looks forward to working with Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs and the entire Maneuver Support Center of Excellence team.

“Soldiers, I have one focus as your new commander and that is training. Training to help you become a valued, healthy member of your team and the operational force and to renew the Army Values that just aren’t words on paper but a lifestyle. Training you to become tactically and technically competent, to take pride in your specialty, pride in your work, and have a passion for action,” Drushal said. “Training leaders who are bold, decisive, innovative and ready to lead from the front. I’m excited about the opportunity to serve you in this endeavor.”  

Drushal has a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University.

His is coming to Fort Leonard Wood from the Army War College’s Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security where he was a senior fellow.

Bonner leaves command to take a position in the Army G-8.
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