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Infantry Battalion Gets New Commander


Col Hines
50th Brigade Commander, Col Steve Hines passes the Battalion flag to LTC Joseph O'Connor, Commander, 2nd Battalion 113th Inf symbolizing the formal assumption of Command.

On December 14, 2002 at 10:00 am, LTC (Lieutenant Colonel) Joseph M. O’Connor of Howell, New Jersey assumed command of the 2nd Battalion (Mechanized) 113th Infantry, New Jersey Army National Guard (NJARNG). The traditional military ceremony took place at the National Guard Armory, located at 107 Newark- Pompton Turnpike, just east of Rt 23 in Riverdale.

 

Lieutenant Colonel O’Connor was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (Infantry) upon completion of Reserve Officers Training from St Peters College, Jersey City, New Jersey in 1979. Following his commission, he entered the regular army where he served in various command and staff positions as an infantry officer. In 1983 he joined the New Jersey Army National Guard as the assistant S-4 (Supply Officer) with the First Brigade, 50th Armored Division. Additional assignments included Commander, Headquarters/Headquarters Company (HHC) 1st Brigade 50th Armored Division; Infantry Liaison Officer to 1st Brigade staff; Assistant S-3 (Training Officer) 1st Brigade; S-4 2nd Battalion (M) –113th IN; Director of the Battle Staff Training Branch, T3BL; and State Food Service Officer, NJARNG Headquarters, State Area Command.

General Wondrack
Brigadier General Ken Wondrack, Assistant Division Commander, 42nd Infantry Division addresses the troops, guests, and other attendees during the ceremony.

O’Connor has received numerous military awards and decorations to include: the Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement medal. His is a Graduate of the United States Army Infantry course, the Tactical Certification Instructors Course, and is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff officer course. In civilian life, Lieutenant Colonel O’Connor is a police officer with the Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey. He is married to the former Carmel Sharkey. They have 2 sons, Thomas 21, and Brian age 15.


Color Guards from each of the Battalions 6 Companies participated in the colorful military ceremony.

The 2nd Battalion 113th Infantry is one of two Infantry Battalions in the New Jersey Army National Guard and is part of the 50th Armored Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division. With its Headquarters and Headquarters located in Riverdale, the 2-113th also has units stationed in Jersey City (Company D), Woodbridge (Company C), and Newark (Companies A, B, & E).

The entire Battalion and is scheduled to deploy to Bosnia in 2004 to participate in SFOR-16 (Stabilization Force-16). The Battalion previously was activated following the terror attacks against the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001 to provide additional security at the Hudson River bridges and tunnels, area airports, and at the state’s two nuclear facilities. Troops from the 2-113th again were placed on alert to protect key infrastructure within the state in the days surrounding the first anniversary of the terror attacks.

sgtmaj jinkins
Battalion Command Sergeant Major Jerome Jenkins, the senior enlisted person, presents outgoing Battalion Commander, LTC Ken Rausa with a plaque representing the unit's collective appreciation and gratitude for Rausa's more than 2 years of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the 2-113th.

Personnel from HHC, 2-113th participate in a significant number of public activities and events throughout the surrounding area providing color guards, military equipment, and personnel for various parades, ceremonies, and veterans’ functions. The Riverdale Armory serves as an emergency operations center during flooding of the nearby Pompton River and in times of snow storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In better times, the Armory serves as a meeting place and center for community activities ranging from scouting to dog shows and is available for commercial rental.

 



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