Council honors brigade commander

On Nov. 13, the Tangipahoa Parish Council unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Tangipahoa Parish resident Col. Rodney Painting, who was recently named commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s 225th Engineer Brigade. The brigade, which has units in Monroe, Bogalusa, Ruston and Baton Rouge, is headquartered at Camp Beauregard in Pineville.

Painter, who has served in the National Guard for 27 years, is a former teacher and coach at Kentwood High School. He has served tours of duty in the Middle East and has been part of a response team that has seen duty following hurricanes and other natural disasters in numerous locations.

In thanking the council for its recognition, Painting said that the honor should not be bestowed on him, but on the almost 3,000 men and women who serve in the 225th Engineer Brigade.

Painting pointed out that since 2001, the brigade has deployed more than 5,000 soldiers to the Middle East in support of the global war on terrorism.

He said that one of the brigade’s units in now undergoing final training at Fort Dix, N.J., before it deploys to Afghanistan later this year.