Aviation battalion welcomes new commander

Maj. Kevin L. Warfield receives the unit colors for the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command, from Col. Walter Mercer, commander of 91st Troop Command, signifying his assumption of command of the unit from Lt. Col. Perry E. Jones during a change of command ceremony held May 19, 2013, in Sandston. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Maj. Kevin L. Warfield receives the unit colors for the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command, from Col. Walter Mercer, commander of 91st Troop Command, signifying his assumption of command of the unit from Lt. Col. Perry E. Jones during a change of command ceremony held May 19, 2013, in Sandston. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Kevin L. Warfield took command of the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command, in a change of command ceremony held May 19, 2013, in at the Virginia Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston. Col. Walt Mercer, commander of 91st Troop Command, presided over the exchange of unit colors between Warfield and Lt. Col. Perry E. Jones, the outgoing commander.

Mercer commended Jones for his leadership of the battalion to ensure successful reset of personnel and equipment after the unit’s deployment to Iraq, while at the same time making sure the appropriate aircraft and crews were available to support any possible state active duty missions.

Jones is a master aviator qualified in UH-1, UH-60 and C-12U aircraft. He earned his commission through ROTC at the Virginia Military Institute. His previous assignments include assistant deputy commandant for National Guard at the Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, operations officer for Task Force Raven during Operation Jump Start and commander of Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment.

Warfield is a senior aviator qualified in the UH-1, OH-58 and UH-60 aircraft. He earned his commission through ROTC at Virginia Military Institute. deputy operations officer for the Virginia Army National Guard, executive officer of 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment and commander of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment.

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