New Orleans National Guard Unit to Get New Commander

Jan 4, 2013

A New Orleans-based National Guard unit dating back to 1838 will hold a change of command ceremony Saturday.

Lt. Col. Steven Finney will give Maj. Ken Baillie command of the Washington Artillery in a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Jackson Barracks parade field.

The unit's formal name is the 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The Washington Artillery's badge — a snarling tiger over crossed cannon — is the source of both LSU's tiger mascot and the Tiger Brigade nickname for the 256th, the largest unit in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

The 256th's history dates back to 1769. It has been called to duty in almost every major conflict since the American Revolution, including deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2010.