The Army ROTC Islander Battalion Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Published: June 10, 2014

The Army ROTC Islander Battalion Holds Change of Command Ceremony

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Army ROTC Islander Battalion at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held a ceremonial change of command on May 29 in the Faculty Center.

During the ceremony, the Islander Battalion flag was passed from members of the outgoing leadership to members of incoming leadership. The outgoing Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Gerald Avila, and Senior Military Instructor, Master Sgt. Deonarine Maharaj passed on their duties to Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Michael Harvey, and Senior Military Instructor Master Sgt. Terrance Stewart.

“I’m extremely honored and proud to join the faculty at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and continue to grow the Army ROTC program,” said Lt. Col. Harvey. “I look forward to developing the future officers that will lead the U.S. Army in defense of our nation.”

Lt. Col. Harvey arrived to the University from Fort Hood, Texas, where he recently served with the 1st Cavalry Division. He is a native of Palacios, Texas, and has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science from University of Texas.  

Master Sgt. Terrance Stewart arrived from Fort Drum, N.Y., where he recently served with the 10th Mountain Division as a Battery First Sergeant in Afghanistan. Stewart is originally from Mobile, Ala., and has served more than 20 years in the active army in numerous assignments, home and abroad. Stewart believes that the key to cadet success is, “Discipline and professionalism.”

The Islander Battalion welcomes both senior leaders to the team.