By Joe Kubistek, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, will conduct a Change of Command and Change of Responsibility ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Col. John Norris will relinquish command to Col. Michael Getchell, and Command Sergeant Major Jeff Huggins will relinquish senior NCO responsibility to Command Sergeant Major Paul D. Balmforth in a combined ceremony to be conducted at Watkins Parade Field, JBLM Lewis-Main.
Norris has commanded the 4th Stryker Brigade since August 2008, and Huggins served as the brigade’s senior non-commissioned officer during the same period. The brigade returned from a 12-month deployment to Iraq in August. Norris’ next assignment will be to serve as the Operations Officer-G3 of I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Col. Getchell comes to JBLM from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff-G3 of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Getchell also served as a battalion commander in the 101st Airborne Division.