Kovacevic new Strike commander

FORT CAMPBELL -- Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Strike," 101st Airborne Division welcomed a new commander during a ceremony June 28 on the 101st Airborne Division Parade Field.

During the ceremony, Col. Joseph Escandon, who has commanded the unit for the last two years, passed the mantle of command to Col. Michael Kovacevic.

"For the past two years, it has been an honor and privilege to serve as commander of this outstanding organization," Escandon said. "This brigade has a global mission, with soldiers currently serving in Europe and Africa in addition to those here on Fort Campbell. I'm proud of this team and we stand ready to fight tonight, strike like eagles, and dominate our enemies."

The units that make up 2nd BCT have long and distinguished histories. Escandon and members of the brigade recently commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion at ceremonies in France. Strike also has deployed seven times in support of the Global War on Terror.

During the two years of Escandon's command, the brigade participated in multiple exercises and operations, including a Network Integration Evaluation at Fort Bliss, Texas in 2017, a rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center in 2018, an ongoing Regionally Aligned Forces mission in multiple African nations, and most recently deploying soldiers to Joint Multinational Training Group -- Ukraine to partner with NATO allies and Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"It is a distinct honor and privilege to take command of this historic organization," Kovacevic said. "I look forward to continue to build upon the legacy of this great brigade and preparing our Strike Brigade soldiers and families for our next rendezvous with destiny."

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