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Cpt. Benjamin J. Vincent (second from left), is the new commanding officer of the Apaches. With him are (from left): his wife, Cheryl, their son Benjamin Joseph Jr., and his father, Dale Edward Vincent.

Apaches have new
commander, orders

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

The Apaches of Company A 2nd Battalion 153rd Infantry of the 39th Brigade, based in Walnut Ridge, have seen a new commanding officer and mobilization orders this month.

Cpt. Benjamin Joseph Vincent of Harrisburg is the unit's new commander. He has over 12 years of service in the Armed Forces, nine of which he served as an officer.

Vincent was on active duty from 1998 to July of 2001. He resigned after his contract ended that year and volunteered to go to Iraq with the Army Reserves following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He served as the Higher Headquarters Detachment Commander and as Adjutant, S-1 with the 450th Movement Control Battalion in Iraq and Kuwait in 2003 and 2004.

In November of 2006, Vincent joined the Army National Guard, where he served as S-3 Air, 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry in Searcy before taking the position of Commander at Walnut Ridge.

"Sitting here~ in this seat~ is exactly where I wanted to be," said Vincent, adding, "I am so proud to be here, to be Apache commander."

Vincent said the group, part of which will be mobilized with the 39th Brigade in January, has a good mix of members with experience and those without.

Of the mobilization he said, "We are always looking forward to being called on any mission whether in Lawrence County or Arkansas or overseas. That's one good thing about the guard, we're always training, so that we're always ready."

He added that he is looking forward to getting to know the people of Lawrence County. He said citizens will see a lot of guardsmen over the next few months out in the community.

"If you see us walking around," he said, "stop us and introduce yourself. I want residents to get to know our guys and be able to put a face with a name when they hear us in the news. We want [and need] community support, not only for ourselves, but also for our families here at home."

Vincent, who has taught the ROTC program at Arkansas State University for the last two years, lives in Harrisburg with his wife, Cheryl, who is the superintendent of Lake Poinsett State Park, and their son, Benjamin Joseph Jr.

Vincent has a bachelor of science degree in sociology-criminology from Kansas State University. He has had extensive military training and earned military decorations and badges.

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