The Edmond Sun

Local News

August 17, 2012

New Guard commander from Edmond

OKLA. CITY — At 1 p.m. Sunday, the Oklahoma National Guard will have a change of command ceremony to install an Edmond man as the new commander of the 1st Battalion, 189th Training Regiment. The ceremony will take place at the Oklahoma National Guard’s Regional Training Institute, Education Center, Room 103, 6500 N. Kelley Ave. The entrance gate is on Kelley just north of 63rd Street.

The change of command will feature incoming commander Col. Curtis O. Bohlman Jr., of Edmond, and outgoing commander Col. Bennie R. Vaughan, of Lawton.

Col. Bohlman enlisted into the Oklahoma Army National Guard in February 1982. Four years later he attended the Oklahoma Officer Candidate School and was commissioned on Aug. 3, 1986.  

He deployed to Afghanistan with the 45th Infantry Brigade as a part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix 2003-04.

Bohlman’s key assignments include assistant professor of military science at East Central University, commander of Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry, personnel officer for the 45th Infantry Brigade, command group executive officer, commander of the Oklahoma Army National Guard Recruiting Retention Battalion, and director of personnel for the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

Bohlman has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, a master’s degree in secondary education from East Central University, and a Master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

His military schools include chemical officer basic course, the chemical officer advanced course, the command and general staff officer course, the adjutant general officer career course and the U.S. Army War College.

Bohlman’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, the President’s Hundred Tab (Rifle), the Distinguished Rifleman Badge, the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge, and the German Efficiency Badge.

The mission of the 1st Battalion, 189th Training Regiment is to provide an efficient, effective program of instruction and training, which will prepare Soldiers for leadership and responsibility at different levels of command.

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