640th RTI Changes Leadership

 

Written by Sgt. Scott Faddis

- Published - May 17, 2005

   

Command of the 640th RTI transfers from Col. Linda Higgins to Col. Edward Willis.  (From left to right) Col. Bruce Frandsen, Col. Linda Higgins, Col. Edward Willis, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Spencer.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ken McNeill

Command of the 640th RTI transfers from Col. Linda Higgins to Col. Edward Willis.  (From left to right) Col. Bruce Frandsen, Col. Linda Higgins, Col. Edward Willis, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Spencer.

Camp Williams, UT

The 640th Regional Training Institute (RTI) conducted a change-of-command ceremony May 15.  Col. Edward Willis, formerly the 115th Engineer Group commander, replaced Col. Linda Higgins, who is moving on to command 97th Troop Command.

 

Higgins served in many roles while at the RTI.  She served as the commander of the following units: Officer Candidate School Company;  2nd Battalion, 640th Regiment and most recently as 640th regimental commander. 

 

Higgins became well respected throughout TASS (The Army School System), especially in the Western United States.  She represented all schools in the West as the Region G Advisor to the Plans, Operations, Readiness, and Training Advisory Council.

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Spencer worked side by side with Higgins as the regimental command sergeant major.

 

"Her leadership has led us to our current growth and the soaring status of the 640th Regiment nationwide,” said Spencer.

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler,  commandant of 1st. Battalion, considers Higgins one of the best commanders he has ever worked with.

 

“She had a very dynamic impact on the regiment’s mission.  She had a lot of foresight and knowledge about the academy and where it could go,” he said.

 

The 640th is expanding the number and types of courses it offers.  The RTI is currently standing up a Military Intelligence (MI) battalion, which will teach its first courses later this spring. 

 

Besides starting the MI battalion and classes, the RTI is also expanding its role in teaching artillery courses and NCOES (Noncommissioned Officer Education Courses). Willis is going to have a lot to oversee in the coming months.

 

“Col. Willis’ guidance will play a huge part in where the regiment goes in the future,” said Shuler. 

 

Soldiers and staff of the RTI are anticipating a smooth transition as Willis takes the helm.  "I look forward to working with Col. Willis; he is an analytical and deliberate type of leader," said Spencer.