|Story & photos by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems &
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.
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
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.”
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.,
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
“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.