2 Brigade Commanders Relieved at 1st Cavalry Division for ‘Loss of Confidence’

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Col. Anthony Wilson and Col. Jon Meredith were relieved of command of two brigades in the 1st Cavalry Division in unrelated decisions, officials at Fort Hood said. Meredith commanded an armored brigade combat team, and Wilson commanded a logistics brigade. US Army photos by Maj. Marcellus Simmons and Staff Sgt. Christopher Hammond.

US Army photos by Maj. Marcellus Simmons and Staff Sgt. Christopher Hammond.

Two colonels at Fort Hood were relieved of command in unrelated decisions this week, Army officials said.

Col. Jon Meredith was the commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, a major tank and armor unit. Meredith was in charge of the ABCT’s seven battalions and headquarters unit. He took command in May 2021.

Col. Anthony Wilson was relieved of command of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Sustainment Brigade.

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A fireball emerges from the main gun of a 1st Cavalry Division tank. Photo courtesy of 1st Cavalry Division/Facebook.

Photo courtesy of 1st Cavalry Division/Facebook.

Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, relieved the two because of “a loss of confidence in their judgment and ability to command,” according to Col. Wayne Marotto, III Armored Corps, a public affairs officer.

Both moves were based on “investigations,” Marotto said, but the two cases were not related. Details on the investigations, Marotto said, would not be released.

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