The 140th Regional Training Institute of the Missouri National Guard welcomed a new regimental commander in a change-of-command ceremony recently at the post U.S. Army Engineer Museum.
Brig. Gen. James Robinson, Missouri National Guard assistant adjutant general, presided over the ceremony in which he thanked Col. Linda Bode for her excellent service as the departing commander and welcomed Lt. Col. David Shaul as the incoming commander.
Robinson credited Bode, a resident of Jefferson City, with doing a fabulous job to not only deliver the training and skills necessary for Soldiers, but also confidence, which is the lifeblood of the organization.
The regiment's primary mission is to instruct citizen-soldiers officer candidate school, warrant officer candidate school, and military occupational specialists courses for engineers, military police and transportation branches. The organization also trains and validates the proficiency of Soldiers and Airmen preparing for deployment.
In 2012, the regiment trained more than 1,400 Soldiers in military courses and prepared more than 700 Soldiers and Airmen for their deployments.
During Bode's time as commander, the regiment received the prestigious rating as an institution of excellence from the Army training and doctrine command, the highest accreditation level possible for the unit's training, leadership, personnel and implementation of doctrinal procedures.
Bode recognized the Soldiers for their hard work and commitment.
"All those accomplishments didn't come without their set of challenges. There is no eight-hour workday for the instructors and support staff. It's more like an 18-hour workday," said Bode.
Incoming commander Shaul, a Jamestown resident, thanked Bode for the excellent condition of the command.
"This makes my job much easier and will certainly allow me to focus more fully on the many tasks ahead," said Shaul.
As part of the Army school system, Shaul looks forward to collaborating with the three active component schools based at Fort Leonard Wood to include the U.S. Army Engineer school, the U.S. Army Military Police School and the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School.
Steve Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, attended the ceremony and praised the accomplishments of both commanders.
"Col. Bode is a great leader. She has had a tough job not only as the RTI commander for the past 18 months, but her dual status work at the resiliency center."
Bode's full-time job is the director of Family and Warrior Support at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City which was nationally recognized by Dr. Jill Biden in July 2012.
Of the incoming commander, Danner said, "Lt. Col. Shaul is a perfect fit – right background, right attitude. He's the right man in the right place."
In his civilian job, Shaul serves as a lieutenant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and currently works within the Training Division at Jefferson City. His law enforcement career spans more than 37 years.
Page 2 of 2 - As Shaul takes command, he will oversee the construction of the regiment's new headquarters, a $16-million project scheduled to break ground later this year.