SORB says farewell to first commander, welcomes new one


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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sine Pari, July 14, 2008) – The Special Operations Recruiting Battalion welcomed a new commander while saying farewell to another in a change of command ceremony at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville July 11.

Lt. Col. Fredrick C. Dummar assumed command from Col. David A. Roddenberry Jr. during the ceremony. Col. Charles Williams, Special Mission Brigade commander, hosted the event.

Dummar was commissioned into the Army in 1990 from the University of Nevada, Reno as an Infantry Officer. Most recently, he was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he served as the group executive officer and the group deputy commander from 2006-2008. With more than 18 years of service in a variety of assignments within the Special Operations Command, Dummar will follow Roddenberry as the second commander of the SORB, originally activated in July 2005.

Dummar is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Special Forces Qualification Course, and the Command and General Staff College.

His awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal (with Arrowhead device and campaign star), Afghan Campaign Medal (with two campaign stars), GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s badge, Expert Infantryman’s badge, Master Parachutist badge, Pathfinder badge, U.S. Army Recruiter badge, and the Special Forces Tab.

The ceremony could not end without honoring Roddenberry and his contributions to the United States Army Recruiting Command.

When speaking of the outgoing commander, Williams said, "The success of the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion allowed the Army to execute the largest expansion in history of its lead agency for the War on Terror – Army Special Operations Forces. The expansion includes five new battalions in Special Forces, one new brigade in Civil Affairs, and two battalions in Psychological Operations. Additionally, the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion is poised to ramp up recruiting for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers to support the Army-wide expansion of that branch. None of these significant contributions to our Army’s war fighting capabilities would have been possible to such a great degree without Dave’s vision and dedication.”

Roddenberry will remain on Fort Bragg, assigned to United States Army Special Operations Command.

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