1/35th Receives New CO
OASIS—In a change of command ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Garrett Buckner of Lexington, Ky., assumed command of the 3rd Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry.
Colonel Buckner replaced Lieutenant Colonel William L. Mundie of Springfield, Mo., when the former commander was evacuated due to illness.
The ceremony occurred outside the Special Forces camp at the 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry’s firebase.
Following a brief speech by 3rd Brigade commander, Colonel Stan L. McClellan of Ventura, Calif., Colonel Buckner addressed his men.
"Just yesterday, I visited Colonel Mundie in the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku where he informed me that to his everlasting sorrow, be will be unable to rejoin the battalion. He is being evacuated to Tokyo tomorrow, began Colonel Buckner.
"I have always thought the world of Colonel Mundie and am sorry to have to assume command under these unfortunate circumstances. But I am proud to be a member of the 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry and am sure the ‘Cacti Green’ will continue its outstanding performance," he concluded.
Prior to his new position, Colonel Buckner served as the 3rd Brigade’s Executive Officer. A West Point graduate with 23 years service, Colonel Buckner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Colonel Buckner received the "Cacti Green’s" colors from Sergeant Major Guy Sullivan of Franklin, Tenn.