Media are invited to cover the Change of Command and Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility ceremony for the 593rd Sustainment Brigade, Thursday, August 30 at 2 p.m. on Watkins Field.
During the ceremony, Col. Cynthia L. Fox will assume command of the brigade from Col. Richard B. Burns, who has commanded the brigade since August 2005. Also during the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel K. Verbeke will replace Command Sgt. Maj. Robert D. Haymans.
Fox comes to Fort Lewis from Vicenza, Italy where she served as commander, 173rd Support Battalion (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade. She is a 1987 ROTC graduate from Georgetown University. Prior to her assignment in Italy she served as commander, 51st Maintenance Battalion in Germany.
Verbeke entered the Army in 1981 and recently served as the command sergeant major for the Fort Lewis 57th Transportation Battalion, one of the units within the 593rd Sustainment Brigade.
About 1,000, 593rd Sustainment Brigade Soldiers were deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during the past year. The Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 593rd returned to Fort Lewis in June, and many of the brigade’s other units returned home over the summer.