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Caserma Ederle’s Hoekstra Field was the site for U.S. Army Africa Intelligence and Sustainment Company’s first change of command. where Capt. Ola Odunaike relinquished command to Capt. Andrew K. Hill in a ceremony Nov. 21. (U.S. Army Africa photos by Rich Bartell)

     
 

USARAF’S newest company holds change of command ceremony

By Rich Bartell, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs

VICENZA, Italy– Soldiers, Civilians and Family gathered Nov. 21 at Caserma Ederle’s Hoekstra Field for U.S. Army Africa Intelligence and Sustainment Company’s first change of command. Capt. Ola Odunaike relinquished command to Capt. Andrew K. Hill in a ceremony marking the end of the unit’s initial 15 months of operations.

I&S Company, as it is known, provides a myriad of administrative and logistics services and support to USARAF organizations. I&S Company deployed personnel to support operations in the Central African Republic, Mali and Operation United Assistance in Liberia.

Lt. Col. Anthony R. DeKeyzer, USARAF’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion commander, presided over the ceremony. DeKeyzer praised Odunaike’s work standing up USARAF’s I&S Company.

“In a short period of time under her leadership, Capt. Odunaike’s team established the facilities and space to support the company headquarters’ training, management and supply functions,” DeKeyzer said. “She commanded during a challenging time, where the company had a 70 percent turnover, a changing MTOE [Modified Table of Organization and Equipment], barracks inspections, training requirements and the concurrent responsibility of establishing systems and procedures.”

DeKeyzer applauded Odunaike’s ability to continually improve the efficiency of her organization. He said under Odunaike’s command, the company’s medical readiness was more than 90 percent. Additionally, under her supervision, the company established a physical fitness training program that realized greater than 95 percent passing rate.

“Capt. Odunaike you have done well. You have ensured I&S Company remained mission capable and ready for contingency operations,” DeKeyzer said. “Your company has participated in many exercises and operations. Congratulations on a job well done and dedication to service and the people and Soldiers of I&S company.”

Odunaike reflected on her tenure as the first I&S Company commander.

“My journey to help stand up the company started in April 2013,” Odunaike said. “There were a few obstacles along the way, but with dedication, hard work and team work, everything fell into place. I was grateful for the opportunity to command.”

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