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The Yakima Training Center Takes on New Base Commander

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It was a day of celebration at the Yakima Training Center as Lieutenant Colonel Darrell O’Steen Jr. passed the torch to Lieutenant Colonel Jason Evers as the new base commander. It was a day of celebration at the Yakima Training Center as Lieutenant Colonel Darrell O’Steen Jr. passed the torch to Lieutenant Colonel Jason Evers as the new base commander.
SELAH, WA - It was a day of celebration at the Yakima Training Center as Lieutenant Colonel Darrell O’Steen Jr. passed the torch to Lieutenant Colonel Jason Evers as the new base commander.

Now it is time for Lieutenant Colonel Evers to step up and show his fellow service men and women what's next for the training center.

It was a sunny day at the Yakima Training Center hidden in the hills near Selah as the current base commander made his final remarks to his colleagues.

"It’s been my honor to have the opportunity to be part of the local valley," said Lt. Col. Darrell O’Steen Jr.

Like many stories there always is an end, but in this case another one is just starting.

“It's a great honor and really the honor stems from the fact that you get selected based on past performance and your ability to perform in the future,” said Lt. Col. Jason Evers.

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Evers is taking over as base commander for Lieutenant Colonel Darrell O’Steen Jr. after his two years of service, and that job starts now.

"First and foremost is to continue to provide that quality support to ensure rotational units have the ability to meet their training objectives," Lt. Col. Evers said.

Both men have decorated military careers from around the country and around the world, but Lt. Col. Evers said it is nice to be back in the state where he went to school and met his wife.

"It’s just fantastic.  It’s like a parade for me right now. This couldn't be a better location for us to come to.  To work with the JBLM team and just have a great time in the state of Washington," he said.

But as he steps into his new role, Lt. Col. O'Steen's command will not be forgotten

"Take time as you drive back across the east coast to think about what you've accomplished because when you really do, you'll be very very proud of what you've done here at the Yakima Training Center," said Col. Charles Hodges, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel O’Steen Jr. plans to head back to Georgia with his family.

Then he will return to Korea to serve as the deputy brigade commander for the first armored brigade combat team, second infantry division.
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