Local officials, VIPs, guests and employees of the Pine Bluff Arsenal gathered Thursday morning at the Armed Forces Reserve Center near the Creasy Complex to witness the Change of Command Ceremony. The installation’s 36th outgoing commander, Col. Chadwick T. Bauld, who has been commander since July 2, 2014, relinquished his command to Col. Kelso C. Horne III.

Local officials, VIPs, guests and employees of the Pine Bluff Arsenal gathered Thursday morning at the Armed Forces Reserve Center near the Creasy Complex to witness the Change of Command Ceremony. The installation’s 36th outgoing commander, Col. Chadwick T. Bauld, who has been commander since July 2, 2014, relinquished his command to Col. Kelso C. Horne III.


The ceremony began following the presentation of flowers and invocation, and the official party made their entrance to a formal but warm welcome by Brig. Gen. Richard B. Dix.


"I’m just excited about being a part of this organization," Horne said. "It is exciting for me and Nettie and the kids to be here in the White Hall, Pine Bluff area." Horne added that everyone has done an outstanding job at the facility.


"[The arsenal] is in great shape right now, and it is ready to move on to the next level with new work load and insider core competencies," Horne said.


Horne comes to the arsenal from the Eighth Army in the Republic of Korea, where he served as the Director of Operational Protection from July 2015 to June 2016. His previous command positions include: Commander, 112th Chemical Reconnaissance Detachment (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., from October 1997 to December 1998; Commander, HHD, 26th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga., Iraq from August 2001 until June 2003; and Security Transition Team 1, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from May 2011 to May 2012.


His other staff assignments include: Battalion Chemical Officer, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry (Air Assault), Camp Casey Korea, from February 1994 to March 1995; Platoon leader, 4th Chemical Company, Camp Casey Korea, from March 1995 to March 1996; Battalion Chemical Officer 3d Battalion, 3d Infantry Division Artillery Chemical Officer, Ft. Stewart, Georgia, from May 2000 to August 2001; Chemical Training Team Chief, later Battalion Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 346th Infantry Regiment, Camp Shelby Mississippi, from July 2003 to June 2005; Deputy Division Chemical Officer, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Ft. Stewart, Georgia, and Baghdad, Iraq, from July 2006 to July 2008; Brigade CBRN Trainer’s Brigade Plans, Future Operations and Current Operations Trainer, Operations Group, National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, California, from August 2008 to June 2010; Division Chemical Officer, 10th Infantry Division (Mountain), Ft. Drum, New York, and Kandahar, Afghanistan from July 2010 to May 2011; and Chemical Organization Integrator, G37 Force Management, Headquarters, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C, from July 2012 to June 2014.


Horne’s awards and decoration include: Bronze Star Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 3), NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.


Horne graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Arts degree. He was commissioned as the second lieutenant in the Chemical Corps in August 1993. He has a Master of Business Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He is also a graduate of the Chemical Officer Basic Course, the Chemical Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff Officers Course, and the Air War College. He has also completed Airborne and Technical Escort Schools.