Joseph R. Kurz accepted command responsibility today during the time-honored “Passing of the Colors” ceremony, during which he accepted the BGAD “colors” (flag) from the Commander of BGAD’s higher headquarters, symbolically representing the acceptance of his new position and responsibilities. Colonel Kurz, a native of Florida, served in the middle east during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to B.A. and M.S. degrees in Public Administration and Logistics Management, respectively, he holds a Master of Military Art and Science (M.M.A.S) degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.