In a Mission Command Training Program change of command ceremony June 26 on Main Parade, Col. Clay B. Hatcher relinquished control to Col. Edward T. Bohnemann.
In opening remarks at the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center-Training, thanked Hatcher for his 28 years of “phenomenal” Army service and Bohnemann for picking up “the mantle of command of what is a unique and truly special organization” in the Army.
“I’m not sure that a lot of people understand this or really put this together, but the Mission Command Training Program is the most important colonel-level command in our Army,” Lundy said. “I would challenge anybody to challenge me on that, and here’s why.
“Over the last 11 years, every single brigade combat team, every single functional and multi-functional brigade, every division, every corps that has gone into combat has been trained by this organization as part of the chief of staff of the Army’s leader development training program to make sure that our headquarters understand and exercise mission command and are ready for combat.”
Lundy said that MCTP will train 59 units, which he called an “absolutely phenomenal” number. They include six Army service component commands, a three-star Army-level headquarters, eight brigade combat teams, 31 different functional and multifunctional brigades, six divisions, a Marine Corps brigade, and six multinational units, including those from Canada and the United Kingdom.
“If you think about that, and what this unit does, what this organization does, I would tell you that the sun never sets on the MCTP,” Lundy said. “I would tell you that the lights never go out in the offices of the MCTP. It’s a 24-7 operation worldwide. Today, you see a very small representation of the thousand-person organization, because many of them are on mission as we talk today.”
In his remarks, Hatcher, who is retiring, said that MCTP’s mission saw a dramatic shift over the past year as it moved toward fewer and larger warfighter exercises and away from “mission-rehearsal” exercises.
“It is without regret that we see a decreased requirement to train soldiers for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said before thanking those who provided quality training for the Army.
Hatcher said he could think of “no finer officer to lead this organization in the future” than Bohnemann, who Lundy said was hand-selected for the job by the chief of staff of the Army.
For his part, Bohnemann said that he and his family were excited about his new assignment in Fort Leavenworth.
“From what I’ve seen in the short period of time that I’ve been here, you have a tremendous team of soldiers, noncommissioned officers, officers, Department of the Army civilians and contractors,” he said. “I’m absolutely honored to join Mission Command Training Program.”
Page 2 of 2 - According to his biography, Bohnemann graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1989 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry.
During his initial assignment in the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany, Bohnemann served as a rifle platoon leader in the 5th Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment and deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His next assignments included platoon leader and company executive officer with the 3rd U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard.”
As a captain, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., where he served as the 1st Brigade assistant S3, 3-7 Infantry Battalion assistant S3, and company commander of B Company, 3-7 Infantry Regiment.
Following studies at Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart. During the next four years, he served as the division’s chief of plans, battalion S3 for 2-7 Infantry Regiment and the 1st Brigade S3. He then served as an instructor at CGSC.
In June 2007, Bohnemann assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment in the 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and nine months later reflagged the battalion to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. In June 2008, he deployed in support of OIF 08-10. He then attended the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship at Fort Leavenworth.
In January 2011, Bohnemann assumed command of the 172d Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany, and deployed the brigade to Paktika, Afghanistan, in support of OEF 11-12. Upon redeployment from Afghanistan, Bohnemann led the brigade through its inactivation, completing it on May 31.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachute Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Bohnemann and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 23 years and have three sons.