Devine takes command at 422nd ESB
Tech Sgt. Eric Ritter, 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
LAS VEGAS – Lt. Col. Mary Devine assumed command of the 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion during a Change of Command ceremony here at the Las Vegas Readiness Center on April 15.
Devine took over from Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hansen, who recently returned with the unit from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Hansen will transfer to the logistics section of Joint Force Headquarters in Carson City.
During the ceremony, Devine said she is proud of the opportunity to take command of such an outstanding unit and will ensure the unit continues to succeed.
She now commands about 400 Signal Soldiers that engineer, install and maintain tactical and strategic communication networks that deliver information from the field to almost anywhere in the world. Hansen described the battalion as the “AT&T of the battlefield” during his last deployment.
The 422nd ESB maintains units in Reno, Las Vegas, and Arizona.
Devine originally enlisted in the Montana National Guard in 1988 and was commissioned in 1992. She then transferred to the Nevada National Guard and was assigned to the 321st Signal Company and served as platoon leader and company executive. Before assuming duties as battalion commander, Devine served stints as the battalion executive officer and operations officer. She also has worked at Joint Force Headquarters as training officer, deputy human resources officer and the family programs coordinator.
She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course and holds a bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Montana.
Devine lives in Reno and is married with four children.