FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 16, 2004 – Col. Michael F. Beech of Worchester, Mass., took command of the Army's newest modular unit of action during a ceremony here today.
Throughout his 20 years of service, Beech has held leadership positions from the platoon level through battalion. These include chief of exercise maneuver control at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.; chief of G-3 plans for Fort Riley, Kan.; and his most recent assignment as commander of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
He now looks forward to the task of building a brigade from the ground up in support of the Army's reorganization from a division-based to a brigade-based system.
|"Any time a unit is transformed, and the Army takes on such an endeavor, there are going to be challenges, But there's nothing that could prevent us from accomplishing our mission." said U.S. Army Col. Michael F. Beech
"The new modular brigade is part of the Army's transformation to more deployable units with greater combat power," Beech said. "My objective is to organize and train this new formation for eventual deployment."
One way to accomplish this, he said, is to keep a traditional approach to training and soldier development.
"It's nothing new. We're going to have soldiers that are physically fit, Soldiers that are experts with the weapons systems," said Beech. "I take a very fundamental approach to strength."
With training and the right leadership, Beech said, 4th Brigade Combat Team has the opportunity to greatly improve its ability to fight and win when called upon to do so.
"Imagine the power of an organization that's together, training, for three years. As the Army transforms into these BCTs, the potential to be more lethal, to deploy quicker and to be more agile as a total force is tremendous," he said.
The new brigade combat teams accomplish this in part by featuring combined arms battalions within each unit, he said.
These brigades can rapidly deploy and can be employed