NEW COMMANDER FOR LOCAL ARMY COMMAND
Lieutenant Colonel Tom L. Clady handed over command of the 842nd Transportation Battalion to Lieutenant Colonel Michael Arnold today. The ceremony was held at the Port of Beaumont.
Lieutenant Colonel Clady was in command for the past two years and is leaving to accept a new assignment at the United States Transportation Command, located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Lieutenant Colonel Arnold recently arrived from San Diego, California, where he was a professor of military science at San Diego State University.
The 842nd transportation battalion is part of the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. This command has been at the forefront of our nation since September 11, 2011, serving to deploy and redeploy military units overseas for combat operations. In the past two years, the command has been equally busy receiving equipment returning from war that will be refurbished and reset to meet any future contingency operations for our nation. The unit contracts with commercial rail and truck activities to move military cargo back to home stations and army depots. The unit is comprised of military personnel and civilian employees and works with the Port of Beaumont and commercial stevedores to get the job done.