Piggott Native Takes Over Command

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Maj. Gen. Mark Berry, Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brenda McCaslin Cluck, and Col. Damon Cluck, commander of the 87th Troop Command, pause during a Change of Command post ceremony activity. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Emily Martin)

The 87th Troop Command conducted a change of command ceremony on Saturday, April 2, at Camp Joseph T. Robinson. The ceremony, which took place in Chappell Armory, was to welcome the incoming commander Col. Damon N. Cluck and to bid farewell to the outgoing commander, Col. James H. Treece. Cluck is a native of the Piggott area, and a graduate of Piggott High School.

Treece began his 33 year National Guard career in 1981 as a private with the B Co. 2nd BN, 153rd Infantry in Augusta. He has served all across the state of Arkansas in units to include the 39th Infantry Brigade, 142nd Fires Brigade, 87th Troop Command, and the Marksmanship Training Center just to name a few. He is a native of Bradford, and currently assigned as the Construction and Facilities Management Officer for Joint Force Headquarters.

"It's a wonderful group of people (soldiers of the 87th). They approach everything with a professional style," Treece said. "I couldn't be more proud of this organization than I am now."

During his farewell address, Treece said, he will miss the diverse atmosphere the 87th brings, and that he feels safe knowing that 87th Troop Command is first and foremost serving the Arkansas people.

Cluck, the in coming commander, started his career in the Army National Guard in the 1-206th Field Artillery at Harrisburg in 1989. He later commissioned as an officer in 1990. He has served in various positions throughout the state of Arkansas to include commander of the B BTRY, 5-206th Field Artillery and the 1-206th FA. He also served as the J-3 Plans and Operations Officer, Deputy Human Resources Officer, and J-1 Human Resource Officer. Cluck currently is serving as the Director of Military Support, J-3, for the Arkansas National Guard.

The 87th TC members will be trained on how to conduct domestic operations in case of a catastrophic event such as, an earthquake or civil disturbance, Cluck said. This would be in preparation for making 87th TC the Joint State Task Force for domestic operations.

"We need to be ready to answer the nation's call. I have the highest expectations," Cluck said. "Our soldiers have always been at the tip of the spear. We expect that to continue."

Cluck is a 1986 graduate of PHS, and the son of the late Neil Cluck and Dianne Cluck of Piggott.

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