PIQUA — Bravo Battery, Piqua’s Ohio National Guard artillery unit, welcomed a new commanding officer during ceremonies at the Piqua Armory on Saturday.
Captain Jeffery Sunday assumed command of Bravo Battery, 1/134th Field Artillery, Ohio Army National Guard, as ONG officials, his family and soldiers under his command took part in a time-honored military ceremony.
Lt. Col. Daryl Beltz presided over the command change, decorating outgoing commanding officer, Captain Kevin Sullivan, for his service during recent annual training and Bravo’s security detail in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.
Sullivan praised his former command, saying that Bravo Battery, during their recent Annual Training, performed well. “We were tasked to, one, do our Federal mission, that is to shoot artillery, and then we had to to a train-up to certify ourselves before taking responsibility for our state mission to (provide) support for the Republican National Convention. So, we did four days in the field, fired artillery, did our Federal mission, then transitioned to training upwards of over 80 people in order to assume a security role at the RNC.
Capt. Sunday is a native of Columbus. He enlisted as a private in the Ohio National Guard just days after 9/11. He rose through the ranks, finally entering Officer Candidate School. He has been an officer since 2010 and was recently promoted to captain.
Sunday has served several overseas deployments during his career. He said that he is proud to command such a fine unit as Bravo Battery.