ERBIL AIR BASE, Iraq – A Memorial High graduate is now a combat team commander in Iraq.
Capt. Gregory Davis Jr. assumed command this month from Capt. Brandi Tregre.
Davis leads the Louisiana National Guard headquarters and company headquarters, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
A change of command ceremony was held at Erbil Air Base.
Davis graduated in 2009 from Memorial High School, where he led the school’s first NJROTC program.
Davis said soldiers in this company have had more unique experiences over the past two years with mobilization, hurricanes, floods, ice storms, COVID-19 and deployment.
“Under CPT Tregre’s leadership, this company has met each of these challenges head-on and succeeded at every turn,” Davis said. “I am delighted to take command of the HHC at such a crucial time in the history of this unit and I am grateful to Colonel (Scott) Desormeaux for providing me with this unique opportunity. It is an absolute honor to join such an exceptional group of NCOs, warrant officers and enlisted officers who prove time and time again that whether locally or globally, this unit is always ready to protect what account.
Davis, commissioned in the LANG through the LSU ROTC program in 2014.
Prior to taking command of HHC 256 IBCT, he was the protection officer of 256 IBCT.
Davis participated in several brigade exercises to include a rotation at the JRTC at Fort Polk. It was activated in response to Hurricane Laura in 2020 before being activated in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
In addition to being deployed overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2010, the company has been activated to support several emergency operations, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Harvey, Laura, the management of several COVID-19 testing sites and several major flooding events. that ravaged Louisiana in 2016.
Desormeaux said he knows the kind of character and quality that Davis possesses.
“Every day when you wake up, be excited to go to work, because being a commander is the hardest and most exciting job you’ve ever had in the military,” Desormeaux said.