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Alan Ott assumed command of the battalion, a multi-component unit consisting of active and reserve Soldiers, from Lt.Col James V. Young Jr. Ott
comes to APG from the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., where he
served as a Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentee from February 2002 to November 2004.
Jones praised both the incoming and outgoing commanders, first praising Young for leading the battalion's deployment to and return from Iraq, then charging Ott
with the task of maintaining the 203rd tradition.
Jones welcomed Ott
as one who "has the experience, skills, education, talent, and drive that we need in the 203rd."
family and the command for their support and said that "the journey that we begin today is a difficult one in this time of war but it is one that I have no doubt will prove fruitful for all of you and the Army we serve."
"I fully recognize the charge I take as your commander and will do everything in my power to ensure your safety and success as we fulfill our missions and obligations," Ott
said."I ask all of you to recognize and understand that we will succeed only if we endeavor as a team as we strive to achieve the new mission that awaits."Ott
was born at Chenault Air Force Base
was commissioned a Military Intelligence officer in 1984, after graduating from the Reserve Officer Training Corps and served on active duty for six years.He
has been mobilized to support contingency operations during Operations Desert Storm/Shield and Noble Eagle. His
previous reserve duty assignments include U.S. Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; and the 416th MI Battalion, Baton Rouge, La. While on active duty he
served in the U.S., and in Germany and Korea.Ott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Juris Doctor degree in Common and Civil Law from Louisiana State University.His
military education includes the Armor Cavalry Officer Basic Course; Military Intelligence Officer Transition and Advanced Course; Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course; Combined Arms and Service Staff School; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Air War College and Joint Forces Staff College
awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; and Parachutist Badge.In his civilian career, Ott is an Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General counsel at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.He
wife, Hey-Chin Cong have one son, Adrian.