KILLEEN, Texas - Col. Patrick L. Gaydon, a native of Muncy who has relatives in the Shamokin area, took over as the new commander of the 41st Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Hood on July 31.

Gaydon succeeded Col. William E. McRae during a change-of-command ceremony at Cooper Field at Fort Hood. McRae is now the liaison officer for the U.S. Northern Command/North American Aerospace Defense Command to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C.

Gaydon came to Fort Hood from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, where he served as chief of fires for the 1st Armored Division. He assumes command of a brigade that is in the process of transforming into a division artillery unit.

In an article published in the Killeen Daily Herald, Gaydon said, "I want to continue the tradition of excellence. I've got a pretty good organization. I can't ask for anything more."

Col. Viet Luong, deputy commander of maneuver for the 1st Cavalry Division, added, "Patrick Gaydon takes command at a strategic time, and we are extremely fortunate to have an officer with his experience and reputation."

Gaydon is a graduate of Muncy High School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

He is a son of Marie Gaydon, of Muncy, and the late Lewis Gaydon Jr. He is a grandson of Lewis and Betty Gaydon, of Shamokin, and the late Albert and Monica Ghezzi.