194th Engineer Brigade Welcomes New Commander

The 194th Engineer Brigade held a change of command ceremony, introducing Lt. Col. Tony Glandorf as the new commander.

The 194th Engineer Brigade, headquartered in Jackson, Tennessee, welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony held on June 7 at the 117th Regiment’s Bobby Davis Auditorium in Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site. The ceremony, presided over by Brig. Gen. Steven Turner, the Tennessee National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General-Army, marked the transition of command from Col. John Kinton to Lt. Col. Tony Glandorf.

Brig. Gen. Turner expressed gratitude for Col. Kinton’s leadership and confidence in Lt. Col. Glandorf’s capabilities. “It is a privilege to thank a talented leader for all they accomplished while also welcoming the brigade’s future leader,” Turner remarked. He praised Kinton’s achievements, highlighting his role in making the 194th the strongest and most ready brigade in the state, as well as his experience in managing Tennessee’s military response to emergencies and disasters.

Col. Kinton, who has served since August 2022, thanked the brigade for the opportunity to lead. He reflected on his nearly 36-year military career, which includes deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and various other countries. Kinton began his service in the Tennessee National Guard in 1988 and was commissioned as an engineer officer in 1994 through the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Army ROTC program.

Lt. Col. Tony Glandorf, the new commander, brings over 24 years of service in the Tennessee National Guard. He initially enlisted in 1999 through the University of Tennessee’s ROTC simultaneous membership program and was commissioned as an engineer officer in 2001. Glandorf’s deployments include Iraq and Kuwait, supporting various operations such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve. Prior to his current assignment, he commanded the 230th Engineer Battalion in Trenton.

“It is a great honor to take command of such a prestigious and heralded unit,” said Glandorf. He commended the brigade’s capabilities and expressed his eagerness to serve alongside the unit’s soldiers.

In addition to his military career, Glandorf holds multiple degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Memphis, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, a master’s degree in business administration from the Fogelman College of Business, and a juris doctorate from the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. In his civilian role, he serves as chief counsel for the Securities Division and Financial Services Investigation Unit for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Glandorf resides in Bellevue with his wife Bethany.

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