[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]

August 26, 2011

Mobilization

Angeli takes command of 181st at McCoy

Story & photos by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems & Services

The safety of the Soldiers training to deploy to theaters of combat is a top priority of Col. Eric Angeli, the new commander of the 181st Infantry Brigade at Fort McCoy.
PHOTO: Maj. Gen. Charles Anderson, left, the commanding general of First Army Division West, hands the 181st Infantry Brigade flag to Col. Eric Angeli during the 181st’s change-of -command ceremony. Photo by Tom Michele
Maj. Gen. Charles Anderson, left, the commanding general of First Army Division West, hands the 181st Infantry Brigade flag to Col. Eric Angeli during the 181st’s change-of -command ceremony.

The 181st’s mission is to conduct mobilization training and demobilization for Soldiers heading to and from Operation New Dawn or Enduring Freedom.

Angeli took command of the 181st at a July 28 change-of-command ceremony at Fort McCoy’s Parade Field.

Angeli was previously a student at the U.S. Marine Corps War College, Quantico, Va. He succeeds Col. Michael Todd who is retiring. Todd had commanded the Eagle Brigade since December 2008.

Angeli said, “The mission of the 181st is incredible. The 181st’s command team is fully aware of the imperatives necessary to take place so Soldiers will get the proper training prior to deployment and upon their return and demobilization.”

“The 181st has a huge mission and diverse organization, footprint, and capacity to accomplish the mission,” Angeli said. “The multiplicity of events necessary to take place are resident here so we can make sure Soldiers are properly trained prior to deployment.”

PHOTO: The trio of commanders stands at attention during the 181st Infantry Brigade change-of-command ceremony on Fort McCoy. Photo by Tom Michele
The trio of commanders stands at attention during the 181st Infantry Brigade change-of-command ceremony on Fort McCoy’s parade field. From left are outgoing commander Col. Michael Todd; Maj. Gen. Charles Anderson, the commanding general of First Army Division West; and incoming commander Col. Eric Angeli.

“I am just getting to know the people at the 181st and Fort McCoy, and the places and spaces, but my challenge will be to guide the 181st transition established by First Army,” Angeli said.

Angeli is originally from Archbald, Pa., and received his commission in the Reserve Officer Training Corps from the University of Scranton, Pa., in 1988.

Angeli has served in field grade positions such as the Brigade S4, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Battalion S3 for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment; Brigade S3, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Deputy G3 for Eastern Division Reserve Officer Training Corps, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Ky.; Army Ground Operations Service Liaison for the Anti-terrorism and Homeland Defense Deputy Director, Joint Staff Directorate of Operations J3, at the Pentagon, and battalion commander, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii.

Angeli is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course; the Armored Officer’s Advanced Course; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and the Marine Corps War College.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Scranton; a master’s in adult education from Western Kentucky University; and a master’s in international studies from the Marine Corps War College.

The remarks of the outgoing commander centered on the life and accomplishments of the 181st conducting mobilization training at Fort McCoy.

“As the mobilization mission migrates to Fort Bliss, Texas, and the 181st becomes a traveling team, I challenge all of you to maintain the strong ties that have been forged by this mission that has bound us so closely together,” Todd said.

 

[ Top of Page ]

[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]