YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- It was a bittersweet
moment for Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters
Company as they held a change of command ceremony here,
Soldiers of HHC stood in formation as the company guidon
was passed from outgoing commander Capt. Peter D. Cha to
the incoming Capt. Vladislav Silayev.
"Peter, you accepted the company guidon on June 7,
2011 and what you have been able to accomplish in one year
is nothing short of phenomenal," said Col. William P.
Huber, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.
"Your mission to be responsible for the combat
readiness, training, discipline, health and welfare,
safety, morale and professional development of these
Soldiers has been exemplary."
During Cha's time as company commander, he had inspired
his Soldiers to strive for the best and to maintain high
levels of professionalism in their duties as Soldiers. HHC
had managed to receive zero curfew violations, winning them
the Safety streamer. They had also managed to have no
Physical Training failures among Soldiers in their
In addition, Cha contributed to strengthening the ROK-U.S.
alliance by having his Soldiers participate in various good
neighbor programs and interacting with the local Korean
"I am thankful for all of the Soldiers of HHC who did
an outstanding job making it look as though I'm the one
doing something right," Cha said. "As always, the
Dragon Knights (HHC Soldiers) led from the front by
participating in Good neighbor programs, the Sadang station
cleanup, delivering coal briquettes to the less
unfortunate, and many other activities."
On behalf of the Staff and Servicemembers of HHC, Huber
expressed the garrison's appreciation for the work that
Cha had conducted.
"We're going to miss you in our ranks,
Peter," Huber said. "But we're proud that
you'll take the experiences of being HHC commander and
apply them to future challenges."
The incoming commander, Silayev, who had most recently
served as the plans, operations, and base defense officer
for USAG Yongsan's Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization, and Security, was no stranger to HHC. Having
participated in several HHC events including the Sports
competitions during the KATUSA U.S. Soldier Friendship
Week, Silayev had gotten to know HHC personally. Silayev
explained that a company like HHC could be made only
through good leadership and great Soldiers.
"I'm very excited to take on this new
position," Silayev said. "Capt. Peter Cha has
done an outstanding job and given me some big shoes to
Fully aware of the high standards that had been set by the
outgoing commander, Silayev promised to continue on the
tradition during his time as commander.
"I believe that people are not judged by what they
say, but by what they do," Silayev said. "Now
it's time for me to actually start doing. All policies
and procedures are still in effect, Dragon Knight 6 signing