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194th Engineer Brigade conducting change of command

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 | 09:47am

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Tennessee National Guard’s 194th Engineer Brigade will perform a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Jackson on Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m.

Col. Warner “Nubbin” Ross, the current 194th commander and director of schools for Hardeman County, will relinquish command to Col. Michael Scates who resides in Greenfield.

Ross served as the commander of the 194th Engineer Brigade since 2017. During his command, he deployed with the 194th to the Middle East from which they returned earlier this year. He also led his brigade in supporting Tennesseans throughout the tornado response last March, COVID-19 testing and immunizations, and civil disturbance operations.   

Scates currently serves as the executive officer for the 194th and has more than 31 years of military experience. In a ceremony prior to the change of command, Scates will promote to colonel.

Also during the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael O’Conner, who resides in Jackson, will transfer responsibility as the Brigade’s Sergeant Major to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Plemons from Etowah.

The 194th is one of nine engineer brigades in the Army National Guard and consists of over 2,000 Soldiers. Subordinate units are located throughout Tennessee.  



 Media interested in attending must RSVP by calling the 194th Engineer Brigade at (731) 421-8670 or email Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dennis Owens at Media will be met at the Armory’s main entrance where they will undergo COVID-19 screening prior to entering the Armory. All CDC guidelines will be adhered to.