FORT LEE, Va. (April 27, 2017) -- The Quartermaster Corps and Team Lee welcomed Lt. Col. Daniel L. Horn as the new commander of the 244th QM Battalion, 23rd QM Brigade, during a change of command ceremony Friday on Seay Field.
The 19-year Army officer brings a wealth of leadership experience to the position. Recent assignments include chief of operations for the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and battle captain for the Joint Logistics Operations Center, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir. His deployments include Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Col. Tamatha A. Patterson, brigade commander, presided over the ceremony in which the battalion colors were passed from the outgoing leader, Lt. Col. Stephen M. Collins, to Horn. Collins has been reassigned to the Pentagon where he will serve as the QM Corps organization integrator in the Department of the Army G-3/5/7 Division.
“(Collins’) accomplishments over the past 24 months are too numerous to list in the time allotted for this event,” Patterson said in remarks following the flag passing. “(He) maintained a close partnership with the Logistics Training Department to ensure our Soldiers were cared for, disciplined and trained, so when they arrived at their first unit of assignment, they were competent and they were confident in their ability to do their job.
“Stephen understood the importance of our strategic partnership with the local community and always ensured our Soldiers had an opportunity to give back, mainly through mentoring activities at the Beazley, Ettrick and Marguerite Christian elementary schools,” Patterson also noted. “He fully supported (the Army Chief of Staff’s) No. 1 priority of readiness. He regularly achieved 100-percent proficiency on quarterly and annual training requirements, and he maintained an overall operational deployability rating of 90 percent.
“(Collins’) leadership, tenacity and dedication to duty ensured discipline and the standards were always enforced and the command maintained a superb reputation of accomplishing every mission to the highest standards,” Patterson observed. “Steph, thank you for your leadership, your mentorship, and most of all, your friendship.”
Welcoming the Horn family, Patterson said their arrival is the “start of another great chapter” in the history of the Dragon Brigade. Referring to the list of educational and Army command experiences in the incoming commander’s bio, the colonel expressed confidence in his ability to lead and provide counsel in a manner that will greatly benefit Soldiers and the Army.
Collins’ remarks started in the traditional fashion of thanking the many individuals who provided mentorship, friendship and, in his words, “the occasional kick in the pants” to ensure his command tenure here was successful.
“As in all things, the time for change has come,” Collins later observed.” I stand before you as a humble service member who had the privilege of leading the finest Soldiers our nation has to offer. It has truly been an honor to command the Guardian Battalion and to serve this command and (QM) school over the past 24 months.
“To the Horn family,” he concluded, “enjoy the time you get to serve this great battalion. These Soldiers, civilians and contractors are first class. Take care of them and the mission will happen. You are the right team for the job and good luck.”
Horn thanked the Collins family and noted his transition to Fort Lee has already produced a positive accomplishment … traveling more than 3,000 miles across the country and not losing a single toy, “which is a sensitive item in our house,” he jokingly said.
“I truly am honored and humbled to stand before you today,” he then stated. “I am thankful for this opportunity and the privilege to lead this battalion. The 244th will continue to support the war-fighter. These warrior logisticians will remain professional experts who are physically fit and mentally tough. You (Collins) have developed a professional team, and I will build on that foundation.”