HATTIESBURG – The Mississippi National Guard’s largest unit, the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, now has its first female battalion commander.
Lt. Col. Annie Lee assumed command of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered in Hattiesburg, from Lt. Col. William Walley of Brandon during a change of command ceremony at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Friday in Hattiesburg.
The 106th BSB is one of seven battalions that make up the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tupelo. Lee becomes the first female battalion commander in the 155th ABCT since the brigade’s inception nearly 70 years ago.
“I am honored and privileged that the command team here in Mississippi chose me to command the 106th Brigade Support Battalion,” said Lee, of Hattiesburg, in a press release. “I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I am up to the challenge.”
The Hattiesburg-based unit has approximately 400 soldiers and provides logistics, maintenance, and medical support for nearly 4,000 soldiers in the 155th ABCT.
“Lt. Col. Lee is poised to take this great organization to the next level,” Col. Jason Nelson, 155th ABCT commander, said in a press release. “I have supreme confidence in her abilities and I know she will be successful.”
Gov. Tate Reeves also offered his congratulations.
“Great to see MS women continuing to lead the way for future generations!,” he said on Twitter.
Lee assumed command from Walley, who successfully led the 106th BSB during its recent deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
“It was an honor and a privilege to command a great organization such as the 106th BSB,” Walley said in a press release. “The soldiers are committed to mission accomplishment as evident in the unit’s success during our recent deployment to Kuwait during Operation Spartan Shield.”