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By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Seaton
12th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office

ILLESHEIM, Germany -- V Corps' 3rd Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment is now

truly brand new. Over the course of one half-hour ceremony here June 8, the

battalion, part of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, inactivated three companies;

cased its colors as an air traffic services battalion and became an airfield operations

battalion; welcomed a new commander, and placed the unit's colors in the hands of

a new battalion sergeant major.

“I can’t think of a finer depiction of what this unit

is and does, than this very ceremony here

today,” said Col. Timothy Edens, commander of

the 12th CAB.


Col. Timothy Edens, commander of V Corps' Over the past few years, the 3-58th has grown
12th Combat Aviation Brigade (right), passes
the colors of the 3rd Battalion, 58th Aviation to accustomed to change. Since 2003, the battalion
the unit's new commander, Lt. Col. John
Kornman, in a single ceremony that has realigned under three different brigades;
transformed the battalion from an air traffic
services battalion to an airfield operations deployed to Iraq and
battalion and changed its commander and
sergeant major. The ceremony took place in
Illesheim, Germany June 8.
Afghanistan; sent a detachment to Pakistan to aid in earthquake recovery, and

deployed another detachment that is still in Iraq.

Most recently, the battalion said goodbye to two of its companies and completed a

move of its headquarters from Wuerzburg to Illesheim, Germany.

Edens said no unit in the CAB has been more affected by transformation than the 3-


“Numerically, the 3-58th is a shadow of its former self, but is still every bit as vital to

the mission of this brigade,” said Edens.

As part of the ceremony, the unit said goodbye to outgoing commander, Lt. Col.

Keith Ladd, who will join the operations staff of U.S. Army Europe in Heidelberg,


The colonel thanked his German counterparts and expressed his appreciation of his

Soldiers' efforts and accomplishments.

“Deployments are no longer ‘if,’ but ‘when,’ ‘How many times?,’ and ‘How much time

in between?,'” said Ladd. “I’m amazed at the sacrifices you’ve made and the

attitude that you still have.”

The 3-58th's incoming commander, Lt. Col. John Kornman, comes to the battalion

from Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., where he served as the emergency

actions officer on board the National Airborne Operations Center. Kornman said he is

excited about being part of a new chapter in the battalion’s rich history.
In the final stage of the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Terry Vance passed the responsibilities

of the battalion's senior enlisted member to Sgt. Maj. Terry Reeder, who had

previously served as the 12th CAB's operations sergeant major. Vance will depart

Europe to attend the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Despite the name and location changes, the core mission of the Soldiers of the 3-

58th has not changed. As their new name suggests, they are responsible for tactical

airfield operations throughout the 12th CAB.