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New Army Forces commander handed the reigns

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – Army Col. Christopher Hughes, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander, passes the Army Forces guidon to Army Lt. Col. Gregory Jicha, who took over leadership from Army Lt. Col Ernesto Sirvas during the ceremony at the Soto Cano Air Base fire station June 1.  This change of command ceremony is the first of five major supporting command leadership changes slated for this month.  (Department of Defense photo/Martin Chahin)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – Army Col. Christopher Hughes, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander, passes the Army Forces guidon to Army Lt. Col. Gregory Jicha, who took over leadership from Army Lt. Col Ernesto Sirvas during the ceremony at the Soto Cano Air Base fire station June 1. This change of command ceremony is the first of five major supporting command leadership changes slated for this month. (Department of Defense photo/Martin Chahin)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – U.S. and Honduran military members serve on the Joint Task Force Bravo Honor Guard during a change of command ceremony for Army Forces here June 1.   This change of command ceremony is the first of five major supporting command leadership changes slated for this month.  (Department of Defense photo/Martin Chahin)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – U.S. and Honduran military members serve on the Joint Task Force Bravo Honor Guard during a change of command ceremony for Army Forces here June 1. This change of command ceremony is the first of five major supporting command leadership changes slated for this month. (Department of Defense photo/Martin Chahin)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – Army Lt. Col. Gregory Jicha, the new commander of Army Forces here, addresses the crowd during his change of command ceremony June 1.  Colonel Jicha comes to Honduras from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as Secretary General Staff to the Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.  (Department of Defense photo/Martin Chahin)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – Army Lt. Col. Gregory Jicha, the new commander of Army Forces here, addresses the crowd during his change of command ceremony June 1. Colonel Jicha comes to Honduras from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as Secretary General Staff to the Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. (Department of Defense photo/Martin Chahin)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras -- The Army Forces here held its change of command ceremony June 1, the first of five major supporting command leadership changes this month.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gregory Jicha took over leadership from Army Lt. Col Ernesto Sirvas during the ceremony at the Soto Cano Air Base fire station.

Colonel Jicha arrived from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as Secretary General Staff to the Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

"It's a privilege and an honor to be given the opportunity to command this unit," Colonel Jicha said during the ceremony. "I'm looking forward to the camaraderie of the unit and working with the host nation."

Commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in 1989, Colonel Jicha holds a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University in Criminal Justice and a master's degree in International Relations from Troy University.

Colonel Jicha's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with third oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with second oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with fifth oak leaf cluster as well as campaign and service medals for Southwest Asia, Kosovo, Korea, Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror.

Colonel Sirvas departs Soto Cano and is being assigned as the deputy commander of the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade at Fort Bragg.

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