LA National Guard Gets New Communication Leader

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 9:16am

CARVILLE, La. – The Louisiana Army National Guard’s 139th Expeditionary Signal Company welcomed a new commander at a change-of-command ceremony held at the Gillis W. Long Center in Carville, La., Sept. 13.

Capt. John P. Mire of New Iberia, La., was presented with the unit’s guidon, or flag, by Col. Douglas J. Mouton, the commander of the 139th Regional Support Group, as the Soldiers watched on.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am to get the chance to lead this great unit,” said Mire. “We will challenge each other and continue the success that was started in the past.”

Capt. Jarred W. Guthrie of New Orleans, who has commanded the 139th ESC since its inception, praised the Guardsmen for their hard work during his tenure there.

“Since this unit was born, we went from six members to over 50,” said Guthrie. “We have had both challenging and good times but I am proud of each and every one of you and know that the success will continue in the future.”

With kind words, Mouton spoke on behalf of both commanders.

“Capt. Guthrie has done an awesome job putting this unit on its feet,” said Mouton. “His hard work and dedication will pave the way for the success of future commanders.”

“Capt. Mire is a capable leader and with the new resources that will be coming to the unit, you all are headed in the right direction under his leadership.”