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Story and photos By Brent Hunt Special to Soundoff! With the 'Might through Vigilance' battalion lined-up and looking sharp, Lt. Col. Lisa C. Bennett took command of the 742nd Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion, 704th MI Brigade, at a change of command ceremony held at McGlachlin Parade Field on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Aug. 1. Bennett takes command from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Stephen G. Stewart, who is scheduled to assume duties at the Pentagon on the staff of the Secretary of Defense. "The passing of the colors is the ultimate honor for an officer," said Marcus A. Kuiper, commander, 704th MI Brigade. "She (Bennett) went up through the ranks with mud on her boots and sweat on her brow. She has done everything she could do in her career to make it to this point." Bennett began her military career in 1984, when she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the MI Corps. On her first assignment in the Army, she assumed duty at the 302nd MI Battalion in Germany as a radio and teletype platoon leader, corps intelligence plans officer and an East German and Soviet air analyst. In 1989, Bennett left Europe and was assigned with the 522nd MI Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas, where she served as the battalion personnel officer and commander of Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Company (HHSC), 522nd MI Battalion. When HHSC was deactivated, Bennett set-up shop as the brigade intelligence officer for the 31st Air Defense Brigade, also located at Fort Hood. Following her four-year tour of the Army's largest post, Bennett moved on to the Department of Tactics, Intelligence and Military Science at the United States Army Intelligence Center and School in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., as the division, corps and joint tactics instructor. From there she went on to serve as the operations and plans officer, executive officer and eventually became commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 111th MI Brigade, also located at Fort Huachuca. After Bennett's stint as commander of HHD, 111th MI Brigade, she left the comfort of the warm Arizona desert and set-up camp on the islands of Hawaii. While there, she served as the division chief for the Crisis and Exercise Support Division at the Joint Intelligence Center nestled in Pearl Harbor. Prior to taking command of the 742nd MI Battalion, Bennett served as the deputy commander of the 116th MI Group, Fort Gordon, Ga. Bennett holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master's degree from the University of Phoenix. Her military education includes: MI Officers Basic and Advance Courses; Signals Intelligence Officers Course; Electronic Warfare Officers Course; Signals Intelligence Officers Course; Combined Arms Service Staff School; Army Command and General Staff College; and the Armed Forces Staff College. Her awards and decorations include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (fourth award); Army Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal (third award); National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. "I am honored and humbled to be given the honor to be part of this great battalion," said Bennett. She joins the 742nd MI Battalion with her husband, Michael, and their two children. Editor's note: The writer is the public affairs officer for the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade here.

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