FORT RITCHIE - Col. David E. Titus, who formally took command of the 1108th U.S. Army Signal Brigade Tuesday, will spend his first three months preparing to move the unit that is in charge of the "red phone" to its new home at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.
That move will be one of the logistical challenges facing Army commanders as they wind down operations at Fort Ritchie, which will close in September.
For Titus, preparing for the move won't be a new experience.
In his last job as chief of the Plans and Operations Division of the U.S. Southern Command, Titus helped move the command headquarters from Panama to Miami.
The move to Fort Detrick will be a matter of only a few miles.
"For me, it's kind of the same thing but on a smaller scale," he said.
Titus took command of the 1108th from Col. Velma L. Richardson in a ceremony on the parade ground of the base in the northeast corner of Washington County.