Capt. Hedrick Cintron will take command of the Kansas National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, during a change of command ceremony Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Olathe Armory, 1601 W Old Hwy 56, Olathe, Kansas. During the 2 p.m. ceremony, Capt. Andrew Tapley will turn over command to Cintron.
Lt. Col. Carla Hale, commander of the 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, will preside over the ceremony to symbolically pass responsibility for the welfare and training of the 84 soldiers of the company to Cintron.
Capt. Hedrick Cintron
Capt. Hedrick Cintron enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2005 and served with the 556th Military Intelligence Company until 2007 when he received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Valley Forge Military College, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Cintron was then assigned to Company B, 635th Armor Regiment in May 2007 and served as a leader of Headquarters Platoon for his first year as an officer. His next assignment was with the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, where he served as a platoon leader until August 2012. He first came to the 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion via the 778th Transportation Company in September 2012.
Key assignments in the Kansas Army National Guard included operations officer, 778th Transportation Company; platoon leader, Detachment 2, 778th Transportation Company; and supply management officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
Cintron’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Kansas National Guard Achievement Medal.
His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Multifunctional Logisticians Captains Career Course, Fort Lee, Virginia, where he graduated with honors.
Cintron earned an associate’s degree from Valley Forge Military College and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.
Cintron currently serves full time in the Kansas City area as a law enforcement officer and resides in Grandview, Missouri, with his wife Elizabeth and son Delko.
Capt. Andrew Tapley
Capt. Andrew Tapley enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard in 2002 as a chaplain assistant with the 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Olathe. He received his officer commission in 2004 through the Kansas National Guard Officer Candidate School, Salina.
Tapley was assigned as the executive officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Infantry Division. In that capacity, he deployed to Louisiana and served in the Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, he deployed with the 635th Regional Support Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the theater port liaison. In 2006 he deployed with the 35th Infantry Division as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company executive officer and unit movement officer in support of Kosovo Force 9.
In 2008, Tapley was assigned to the 137th Transportation Company as a platoon leader. In 2011 he was assigned to the 731st Transportation Company as their operations officer. Tapley took command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in January 2013.
Key assignments in the Army National Guard include commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; motor/rail transportation officer, 287th Sustainment Brigade; operations officer, 731st Transportation Company; and detachment executive officer, 635th Armor Regiment.
Among his awards and decorations are the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon, NATO Non Article 5 Balkans Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Ribbon, National Guard Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Louisiana National Guard State Emergency Duty Service Ribbon, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
His military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic Course and Quartermaster Captains Career Course Phase I.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College, Albany, New York.
Tapley lives in Manhattan, Kansas, and is employed by the Kansas National Guard as the Readiness Sustainment Maintenance Site property book officer.