Several hundred soldiers and community members were on hand at Camp Bowie Sunday morning to witness Lt. Col. Timothy Senecaut take his place as the new battalion commander of the 111th Engineer Battalion, replacing Lt. Col. Kimberly Tully.

Soldiers from units in Weatherford, Denton, Wylie, Stephenville and Abilene joined their Brownwood counterparts at a formal ceremony held to recognize the change of command.

Col. Lester Simpson, 61st Brigade commander, addressed those in attendance.

“Being a battalion commander is a job of immense personal satisfaction,” Simpson said. “Col. Tully is a great example of the type of dedicated leaders and soldiers we have in the National Guard today.”

Simpson told the soldiers of the battalion that Senecaut would be another great leader.

“Col.Senecaut believes in the emotional and physical needs of the soldiers.”

In her formal remarks, Tully reminded the soldiers of their accomplishments and said, “Thank you.”

“First, I want to thank the City of Brownwood who have supported us since we have been here,” Tully said. “And to you, the soldiers of the 111th, I need to tell you that our success has been because of your professionalism.”

After Tully’s comments, Major John Parker, Battalion executive officer, presented Tully with a plaque for her service to the battalion.

Senecaut provided his command philosophy. “Leading, caring, maintaining and training is what is important,” the new commander said. “I am looking forward to tackling all of our challenges that lie ahead.”

Tully, whose new position will be with the 136th Maneuver Enhanced Brigade in Austin, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989. After several active duty assignments, including a deployment to Iraq, resigned her regular Army commission.

Relocating to Texas in 1996, Tully joined the Texas Army National Guard where she has served in many roles. Military education includes Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Air Assault and Airborne schools.

Senecaut, whose most recent assignment was to serve as the Construction and Facility Management Officer for the Texas Army National Guard at Camp Mabry, was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1988.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Pittsburgh State University in Kansas, Senecaut has attended courses in Washington D.C., Missouri, Kansas and Virginia. Duty assignments have included Ft. Sill, Okla., Arlington, Virginia and Salina, Kan.

Senecaut has three children, Aimee, a junior at East Carolina University, Emily, a high school freshman and Elizabeth, seventh grade.

Rick Phelps is unit public affairs representative for the 111th Engineer Battalion, Texas National Guard. He is also managing editor of the Ballinger Ledger and Winters Enterprise in Runnels County.