HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi National Guard’s largest unit (MSNG), the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), welcomed its first female battalion commander on Friday.
Lt. Col. Annie Lee of Hattiesburg assumed command of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion from Lt. Col. William Walley of Brandon, during the Change of Command ceremony.
Lee becomes the first female battalion commander in the 155th ABCT since the brigade’s inception nearly 70 years ago. She has served in the Mississippi National Guard for 30 years, 13 of which she spent enlisted before earning her commission as an officer in 2003.
“I am excited and honored to be the first female to command the 106th BSB here in the state of Mississippi,” said Lee. “I am honored and privileged that the command team here in Mississippi chose me to command the 106th Brigade Support Battalion.”
“Lt. Col. Lee is poised to take this great organization to the next level,” said Col. Jason Nelson, 155th ABCT commander. “I have supreme confidence in her abilities and I know she will be successful.”
Governor Tate Reeves also shared his congratulations via Twitter:
The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team is the largest unit in the Mississippi National Guard with approximately 4,000 Soldiers.