Historic 100th Welcomes Army Reserve's 1st Female Infantry Commander
Story by SGT Jessica DuVernay on 09/26/2017
"The opportunity to command and the understanding of the impact of that responsibility is difficult to quantify," said Lt. Col. Matthew Cloud, commander, 100th Inf. Bn., 442nd Inf. Reg., 9th MSC. "A leader that steps forward to accept that responsibility willingly and selflessly sacrifices their time demonstrates a sincere commitment to those Soldiers for which they are responsible."
Siva, the outgoing commander, had only been a first lieutenant for two months before he was offered the command of Charlie Company. He successfully led and guided the Soldiers, to maintain the pride the unit carried being part of the 100th Bn.
"1st Lt. Siva willingly accepted that responsibility as his duty to this unit and selflessly placed the needs of the Battalion above his own," said Cloud. "Thank you for accepting that challenge and providing leadership to the unit."
"It [has] been an honor serving as the company commander for Charlie Company," Siva said as he gave his final speech. "I served with the best men, the Army could ever offer."
Cotton is not new to change and embraces it as a new chapter in her military career. Previously having served as the Cadet Summer Training Operations Officer at U.S. Army Cadet Command's at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
"Capt. Cotton has volunteered to be the commander of Charlie Company and accepts the challenges that comes with that position," Cloud mentioned.
"This is an exciting opportunity, not everyone gets even a chance to serve in this capacity," Cotton said prior to the ceremony taking place. "More than anything I love working with and training Soldiers, and watching them grow, develop and be successful."
"The history and legacy of the 100th Battalion-442nd Infantry Regiment is deep with challenges, accomplishments, and milestones that stand apart from many other organizations," said Cloud. "Today is no different and demonstrates not only the uniqueness of the unit but the ability to adapt and live up to our Army values."
Charlie Company will continue to train for their mission and improve overall unit readiness, said Cotton when asked about her plans for the unit.
"At the heart of my command philosophy, is the importance of being a physically, mentally, spiritually fit unit, and promoting a culture of excellence and team work."