FORT HOOD, Texas — It was the end of an era today on Fort Hood with a Change of Command Ceremony for the 1st Medical Brigade.

After two and a half years serving as the Commander of the 1st Medical Brigade, Colonel Anthony R. Nesbitt relinquished his duties to Colonel Robert F. Howe, II in a ceremony held Thursday morning.

As Nesbitt prepares to leave for another opportunity, he took to the podium and praised his Silver Knights, while thanking them for their service with him.

"I want to talk about how everyday the Silver Knight makes the Army a better place. Silver Knights you made me proud to call myself your commander," he said. "I've been lucky to be afforded the opportunity to lead you for the last two and half years."

Units of the First Medical Brigade came from all over the country to be at today's ceremony. The incoming commander, Howe, said this is a special day and one that's about community.

"We have some great partnerships with Temple and the surrounding area," Howe said. "I just want to continue to reinforce those relationships and really enhance our partnership with the local community around because they mean so much to our mission and really our readiness goals here."

Howe said the moment of the day isn't lost on him either.

"This is a historic time," he said. "I'm honored to be a part of them and to serve with them shoulder to shoulder."