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Posted on December 10, 2014

Although leadership of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is changing, a California University of Pennsylvania graduate will still be in command.

Col. James F. Chisholm will transfer command to Lt. Col. Ros L. Gammon IV at a traditional military change-of-command ceremony 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Cal U Convocation Center.

Both servicemen are Cal U alumni.

The commanders

Before taking command of the unit in November 2012, Chisholm served in a variety of command and staff positions, including deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina (2002-2003) and Afghanistan (2010-2011). He graduated from California University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in human resource management; he also holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Army War College and Duquesne University.

Gammon, who served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom, currently is executive officer for the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. From 2008-2011 he commanded the 1st Battalion 110th Infantry, and he later was chief of operations for the 28th Infantry Division, based in Harrisburg, Pa. Gammon, of Hiller, Pa., earned his bachelor’s degree at California University in 1989 and his master’s degree in legal studies, also at Cal U, in 2013.

The ceremony

The 2nd Infantry Brigade was organized as a division unit in 1975, and the change-of-command ceremony honors its proud history of service, especially in Europe and the Middle East.

The ceremony includes the transfer of the unit “guidon,” a flag with streamers recognizing the unit’s accomplishments. The guidon is passed from the outgoing unit commander to the higher-ranked headquarters commander, who in turn passes the flag to the unit’s incoming commander.

The ceremony in the Cal U Convocation Center is open to the public. Parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, near the campus entrance off Third Street in California, Pa.