Idaho Army National Guard's 1st Battalion

The 1st Battalion of the 148th Field Artillery Regiment held a change of command ceremony March 3 for outgoing commander, Lt. Col. George A. Hansen, and the incoming commander, Maj. Aaron L. Jarnagin.

POCATELLO — The 1st Battalion of the 148th Field Artillery Regiment held a change of command ceremony March 3 to signify the transfer of authority between outgoing commander, Lt. Col. George A. Hansen, and the incoming commander, Maj. Aaron L. Jarnagin.

“It truly has been my highest honor as a soldier to serve with and lead such a fine regiment,” Hansen said. “I was frequently inspired by the dedication and hard work of the soldiers within the organization.”

During Hansen’s command, the 1-148th Field Artillery Regiment participated in numerous successful training exercises and underwent a reorganization in 2016 that added an additional firing battery to the battalion.

In August 2017, the regiment participated in Keris Strike 2017 in Pahang, Malaysia. The 10-day exercise, held between U.S. and Malaysian armed forces, and led by the U.S. Army-Pacific Command, provided members from both armies an opportunity to share lessons learned while strengthening bilateral response capabilities to United Nations peacekeeping missions throughout the world. Hanson also commanded two annual training exercises.

Jarnagin served as the unit’s executive officer prior to taking command of the regiment. He has served in the National Guard for over 18 years and is a principal for one of Idaho Falls High Schools.

“I am very excited to take command of the 1-148th Field Artillery Regiment,” Jarnagin said. “I look forward to working with and taking care of the Soldiers as we go into busy training years with an eXportable Combat Training Capability and National Training Center Exercise.”

The 1-148th Field Artillery Regiment prepares combat-ready forces capable of deploying to fight and win in any theater of operation, while also preparing to respond to local and state emergencies. The 1-148th FAR is part of the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team. The regiment’s units are located in Blackfoot, Burley, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Preston, Rexburg, Rigby and St. Anthony.