As the newest commander at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, Col. Chadwick T. Bauld said he already feels right at home.
Bauld and his family were officially welcomed at a Change of Command ceremony Wednesday at the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
Established in 1941 by the War Department Chemical Warfare Service, the Arsenal is the designated Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Chemical and Biological Defense Material. In a ceremony — normally held outside — attendees of the event gathered inside the Army Reserve Center, escaping the sweltering July heat to witness the installation of the Arsenal’s 36th commander.
Commissioned in 1993 as a second lieutenant in the Chemical Corps, Bauld continued extensive training through the Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command, the General Staff Officers Course and completed the Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, Jumpmaster and Technical Escort Schools.
Bauld is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. An experienced and highly decorated officer, his command positions include Commander, 21st Chemical Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., and Commander, 22nd Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
A native of Burke, S.D., an agricultural community, Bauld grew up with his older brother and two younger sisters learning to farm. He smiled as he spoke of his roots.
“It’s really small,” probably about the size of the workforce at the arsenal.”
His parents, who still live in Burke, attended the ceremony and are confident the family will make a smooth transition.
“They’ve already commented that ‘it looks like he’s lived here for years,”’ Bauld said.
After extensive travel during his career, Bauld, his wife Sabrina — whom he met while serving in Italy — and four of their five children will call Pine Bluff home for the next two years.
“I am most excited about being back in a rural area,” Bauld said. “I am also happy to be together with my family again and get to enjoy my kids’ lives.”
The Baulds are an active family. Their oldest son, Alex, following in his father’s footsteps, serves in the military at Fort Bragg. The two men served together when they were both deployed to Iraq within months of each other in 2007.
The other four Bauld children are involved in music or sports. Madison,16, and Sophia, 7, enjoy playing the piano; while Jackson and Dashel, both 10 years old, enjoy basketball, soccer, camping and skateboarding.
Wife Sabrina is a full-time mom and volunteer. With such an active group, Bauld expects they will be familiar faces in the community once they are settled.
“Right now, we’re still unpacking,” he said.
As he takes the reigns at the Arsenal, Bauld said he will give vision and intent as he allows the supervisors to move along a path for the betterment of the organization.
“I have been micro-managed before, and I didn’t like it,” he said.