Munera takes reins of ‘Dauntless’ brigade Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2014
Story and photo by Sgt. Kelly Malone
Special to GUIDON

Col. Antonio “Andy” Munera took the reins of 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, June 25 at Gammon Field.

Munera assumed command of the “Dauntless” brigade during a change of command ceremony that welcomed him and said farewell to Col. James  Reckard III.
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The 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade colors are passed from new commander Col. Antonio “Andy” Munera to his senior enlisted Soldier Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley as relinquishing commander Col. James Reckard III looks on, during a change of command ceremony held at Gammon Field June 25.

“Just so there is no doubt, let me introduce myself. I am Andy Munera and I am a Soldier in the ‘Big Red One’: brave, responsible and on point,” Munera said.

Maj. Gen. Paul Funk, commander of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, Kan., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, 1st Inf. Div. senior noncommissioned officer, traveled from the Big Red One’s home at Fort Riley to oversee the ceremony.

“Today we celebrate the 4th MEB’s change of command between Jay Reckard and Andy Munera — two extraordinary men who I feel privileged to serve with,” Funk said.

Funk continued by describing the unique mission of the 4th MEB. The crowd listened as Funk touted the Dauntless brigade’s professionalism, saying it helped to assure the American people and U.S. allies that the uniform they wear brought hope.

The 4th MEB is a mission-tailored force that conducts support area operations, maneuver support operations and support to consequence management and stability operations in order to assure the mobility, protection and freedom of action of the supported force.

On Oct. 1, 2013, the 4th MEB assumed responsibility as Task Force-Operations for the Joint Task Force-Civil Support Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Force mission. The 4th MEB’s DCRF mission is to save lives and mitigate human suffering in a homeland chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environment.

The 4th MEB redeployed and deployed several companies, battalions and numerous smaller echelon units into theaters of operations throughout the world.

 The flexibility of the 4th MEB is showcased with the diversity of its missions. Soldiers with the 4th MEB recently augmented Special Forces units in Afghanistan with military mine detection dogs and others recently deployed to Romania to provide fire-fighting support at the military’s new transit hub.

Units from the 4th MEB participate in multiple training exercises, including at the Fort Irwin, Calif.,-based National Training Center and the Joint Maneuver Training Center in Indiana.

The brigade also provides support to Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding communities through  efforts such as military police patrols, severe weather response and partnerships with outlying communities and schools.

“So, Andy, those are the reins you are about to wrap your hands around,” Funk said.  

Reckard was quick to acknowledge those who served under his command.

“For the past two years, we have been blessed with superior leaders,” Reckard said, thanking his command teams.

Munera comes to Fort Leonard Wood from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., where he was a student.  

Reckard will next serve at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood.

“Jay, you have commanded with distinction, and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence is gaining a world-class chief of staff,” Funk said. “Andy, you are a proven leader, and I can think of no one more ready to lead the Dauntless brigade.”

(Editor’s note: Malone is a journalist assigned to the 4th MEB.)
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