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Change of Command Ceremony held at Montevideo TACC

Danae Milbrandt
Montevideo American-News

On Saturday, Jan. 23, a Change of Command Ceremony was held by the 1-151 Field Artillery Battalion at the Montevideo TACC.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only family members of the attending military personnel were able to attend the ceremony in person, but those interested in viewing the event were able to do so over Facebook Live on the 1-151 Battalion’s Montevideo Facebook page.

At Saturday’s ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Troy J. Fink, the previous Battalion Commander, relinquished command of the 1-151 Field Artillery to Lieutenant Colonel Brian K. Douty. The 1-151 FA, Headquartered in Montevideo, is composed of units from the Alexandria, Appleton, Marshall, Madison, Morris, Ortonville, and Montevideo Armories, totaling approximately 650 soldiers.

LTC Fink, the outgoing commander, enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard on Sept. 16, 1987 as an Infantryman in the 2nd Battalion 135th Infantry. He later commissioned through the Minnesota State Officer Candidate School in 1996, and has held key development positions at the battery, brigade, and battalion levels.

Fink is proud to have served as Commander of the 1-151 FA, and holds his soldiers in high regards.

“I am humbled by the consistent professionalism and discipline of our soldiers regardless of the missions assigned,” stated Fink.

The incoming commander, LTC Douty, was born in Fayetteville, NC and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2002 with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture, and earned his military commission in 2003. Douty earned his M.S. in Army Operations from the University of Maryland in 2020, and currently serves at Joint Forces Headquarters, Plans and Policy Division in St. Paul.

Douty is enthusiastic about what the future holds, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the battalion's newest commander.

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead 1-151 Field Artillery and to get to know the community of Montevideo,” Douty said.