FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 1, 2013) -- The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade welcomed Col. Mary Beth Taylor as its new commander during a ceremony Tuesday on the 262nd QM Battalion Parade Field.
Taylor took the helm from Col. Aimee L. Kominiak, outgoing commander. Brig. Gen. John E. O’Neil, Quartermaster General, presided over the ceremony.
Komaniak is set to serve as a military assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics.
“Colonel Kominiak’s command over the 23rd QM Bde. during the last two years is particularly noteworthy for many reasons,” said O’Neil. “Perhaps, most importantly, she established and sustained the safe, secure, healthy and positive command climate in which nearly 40,000 Soldiers successfully completed their initial military training.”
“Colonel Kominiak is a wonderful team player and teammate,” he continued. “She’s physically fit and mentally tough. She’s tireless and enthusiastic. Aimee’s energy inspires others to action.”
O’Neil said the change of command was between two great Army Leaders and welcomed Taylor to Fort Lee.
“There’s a line in the Army Song – ‘the Army goes rolling along,’ and it does through periods of command transition and the Army gets it right by selecting another great officer and commander,” said O’Neil. “Colonel Taylor, your stellar reputation precedes you, and we’re absolutely thrilled you’re joining the Quartermaster School, CASCOM and Team Lee.”
Kominiak thanked everyone for attending and recognized people within her unit who supported her.
“(Another commander) recently said at their change of the command that they stood on shoulders of giants,” she said. “To train and lead this great team, I’ve had the privilege to serve with giants.
“To the collective team, thank you,” Kominiak said. “It’s been an honor and privilege to serve with each and every one of you.”
Taylor said she was grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of new Soldiers.
“I feel blessed to be given the privilege to lead the outstanding warriors (in the 23rd QM Brigade),” said Taylor. “It is an honor to serve with our nation’s sons and daughters, the world’s greatest Army and the finest sustainment Soldiers.