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New commanders ... arrive at the 599th Transportation Group's three battalions.

All three battalions of the 599th Transportation Group have new commanders.

New battalion commanders assumed their dudes at the 835th, 836th, and 837th Transportation Battalions in June.

The 835th Transportation Battalion, Okinawa. Japan, is now under the command of Lt. Col. Charles Ippolito. The former commander, Lt. Col. Clayton Newton has been assigned to the Defense Distribution Center, New Cumberland, Pa. Ippolito was formerly assigned to the Center for Army Analysis, Fort Belvior, Va.

The unit's work was praised by Col. Tom Harvey, 599th commander: "Under Newton's leadership, the men and women of the 835tb have excelled and are recognized as the finest port battalion in the 599th Transportation Group."

The 836th Transportation Battalion, Yokohama, Japan, is now under the leadership of Lt. Col. Drefus Lane. The former commander. Lt. Col. Darrell Jenkins, has been assigned to the Army G-4 (Logistics), Pentagon. Lane was formerly assigned to the Army Logistics Management College, Fort Lee, Va.

"With energy and compassion, Lt. Col. Darrel Jenkins has led this unit to become a vital forward-deployed transportation battalion," said Harvey.

Lt. Col. Richard Kramer now commands the 837th Transportation Battalion, Pusan, Korea. The former commander, Lt. Col. James Brundage has been assigned to the Joint Staff, J4 (Logistics), Pentagon. Kramer was formerly assigned as the chief, Distribution Management Center at the 19th Theater Support Command, Taegu. Korea.

Harvey called Brundage a "deeply committed leader."

"Lt. Col. Jim Brundage has consistently led by setting high standards and executing tough battle-focused training" said Harvey. "He understood the mission. maintained a highly trained force, and kept effective lines of communication flowing."

Saloumeh Amouhashem, Intern SDDC HQ Alexandria
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Title Annotation:599th Transportation Group
Author:Amouhashem, Saloumeh
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2004
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