JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – The Sea Dragons of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command attended the change of command ceremony for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery on April 3 in front of the 94th AAMDC Headquarters and Pacific Air Forces Headquarters building on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
The ceremony was conducted to signify the end of Capt. Peter V. Bier’s tenure (the outgoing commander) and welcome Capt. Jeffrey Scott (the incoming commander) to the position of battery commander.
Bier took command of the “Hammer” Battery on Sept. 4, 2013 and is grateful for his time as Hammer 6.
“You are the most disciplined unit I have ever been a part of …and made my time commanding HHB the best job I have ever had in the Army!” said Bier when addressing his former Soldiers. “A common saying is that you move on to bigger and better things … That is not true in my case, I am moving on to other things but not necessarily better, because I am not sure it gets better than being the HHB, 94th AAMDC commander.”
He will be moving back to his home state of Wisconsin where he will pursue a Master of Science in Soil Management before heading back to his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he will return as an instructor to teach the next generation of young military leaders.
Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commander, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, expressed the importance of the HHB mission, “In order to be able to accomplish our enormous and complex task of providing Air and Missile Defense to the Pacific and Homeland, we require a strong foundation and HHB is just that for the command.”
He went on to thank Capt. Bier for his leadership and dedication to the 94th AAMDC.
“Pete … Thank you for always giving it a hundred percent and remembering what we do isn’t about us, but the Soldiers and families of this great command.”
The change of command ceremony includes the Army’s time-honored tradition of handing over the unit’s guidon from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. This symbolizes that Scott accepts the command responsibility from Bier and that he will honor the unit’s lineage, values, and Soldiers that the guidon represents.
“The Hammer Battery is a better unit because of Captain Pete Bier,” continued Sanchez. “What makes our Army so awesome is there is always someone on the sidelines ready to take the ball and continue to move it up the field. I want to welcome Jeff, Michelle and Rowan Scott to the Hammer Battery. “
Capt. Scott has been with the Sea Dragons since July 2011 and was responsible for standing up the Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer Element for the 94th AAMDC. He is excited for the opportunity to become Hammer 6…