By Avery Seeger

Eagle Post staff writer

Stands were filled with veterans, active duty soldiers, friends, family and local officials Thursday morning at a field within Fort Campbell Army Base, all eager to see the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" change of command ceremony.

Col. John Cogbill, who was the outgoing commander of 3rd Brigade, officially handed over the colors and effectively handed over command of the brigade to Col. Brandon Teague just after a break in the weather allowed for a smooth ceremony.

Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division Maj. Gen. Brian Winski had kind words to say about both as he lead the ceremony, sharing that Cogbill has been the best commander of 3rd Brigade in the last 10 years.

"The Army and the American people have trusted John Cogbill with command of this incredible organization for the last two years and what an amazing job he has done, and the Army could not have picked a better successor than Brandon Teague," Winski said.

Under Cogbill's command, Winski said that the 3rd Brigade has accomplished numerous awards, won several competitions and has even created unique partnerships in order to help improve the Army and the 3rd Brigade.

Some of those unique things include a partnership

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with Vanderbilt University and Army Futures Command, which is aimed at keeping the Army modernized and up to date with the most recent technology and resources.

Cogbill's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Army Achievement Medal.

He has also earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Air Assault Badge. Cogbill has been a member of the Army for 25 years.

Cogbill now moves on to become Chief of Staff of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

"I couldn't think of an officer better equipped than you are for that position to help lead the team that's prosecuting the global war on terror," Winski said to Cogbill just after he handed over command to Teague.

Cogbill, like Winski, also felt that Teague is the perfect man to take over command of 3rd Brigade.

"Brandon (Teague), you are ready for this challenge, you've been ready," Cogbill said to Teague in his speech during the ceremony. "You've been here for a year waiting for me to get out of the way. You're a fantastic G3, we've had a great transition and you are off to a great start. You're going to take this brigade to new heights."

Prior to taking command of 3rd Brigade, Teague served as the Assistant Chief of Staff of the 101st Airborne Division from July 2018 to July 2019, when he began his transition to his new role.

"I've been fortunate to watch this BCT (brigade combat team) for the past year on the division staff and I know what it has done and I plan on taking what (Cobgill) has done and taking it to the next level," Teague said during his speech.

"I'm truly honored to be called a 'Rakkasan' and I look forward to serving with each and everyone of you and continuing the fine traditions of those that came before us."

Teague began serving in the Army in 1990 and has since earned several awards throughout his career, including five tours to Afghanistan and two to Iraq.

Those awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism-Service Medal, the NATO Service Medal, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and Overseas Service ribbon Numeral 6.

He has also earned the Ranger Tab, Master-Rated Parachutist Wings, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Air Assault Wings and the British, French, German, Canadian and Brazilian Parachutist badges.

Reach Avery Seeger at 270-887-3236 or aseeger@kentuckynewera.com. Follow him on Twitter @AveryNewEra

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