The outgoing commander of the 143rd RSG passes the unit colors to the Land Component Commader at a change of command ceremony

Col. Daniel C. Spineti, outgoing commander of the 143rd Regional Support Group, passes the unit colors to Brig. Gen. Mark Russo, Land Component Commander, Connecticut National Guard, during a Change of Command ceremony at the Maj. Gen. Maurice Rose Armed Forces Reserve Center, Middletown, Conn., Jan. 24. During the ceremony, the unit colors are passed from the sergeant major to the outgoing commander, then to the higher element commander and to the incoming commander before returning to the sergeant major, signifying the change of responsibility from one command to the next. (Photo by Sgt. Alicia M. Brocuglio, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut National Guard)

The 143rd Regional Support Group of the Connecticut Army National Guard held a formal change of command ceremony at the Maj. Gen. Maurice Rose Armed Forces Reserve Center, January 24.

Col. Robert M. Nugent succeeds Col. Daniel C. Spineti, who is retiring from the Guard following a 30-plus-year career as a commissioned officer.

“Today is homecoming for me, to command a unit that I have been a part of in the past for many years,” said Nugent during his remarks to his new soldiers. “My deepest thanks goes to my family…for your sacrifices and support throughout my military career. Without your love and support there’s no way an assignment like this would be possible.”

“I commit to you that I do my best to ensure your success, support your development as leaders, and work together with you and your families to provide our nation and the state of Connecticut with our best possible service and support,” said Nugent.

Nugent’s previous assignments with the Connecticut National Guard include as company commander, Company B, 143rd Forward Support Battalion, instructor with 169th Leadership Regiment, executive officer, 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Group, and commander of the 169th Regiment Regional Training Institute.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1992, a Master of Science Degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in 2013.

Nugent’s military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, and the Joint Meritorious Award.

Nugent lives with his wife, Cecilia, and their two sons, Julian and Nathan, in Windsor, Connecticut.

Among Spineti’s previous military assignments are as commander of 85th Troop Command, deputy commander of the 143rd RSG, battalion commander of the 2nd Battalion, 169th Regional Training Institute, director of support operations for the 143rd Joint Support Group, and numerous staff officer positions within the 143rd ASG and 43rd Infantry Brigade.

“I said I would never use that term, ‘bittersweet,’ but for those that don’t know it is my last day in command here, and it is also my last day in uniform,” said Spineti. “So after 32 years and about 10 months or so this will be my last day in uniform and with this great organization. I do have to thank you all for the support I’ve gotten over the years.”

He has been a practicing attorney in Connecticut for more than 20 years, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, a Juris Doctorate from the Western New England College School of Law, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Spineti lives with his wife, Marisa, and their three children, Isabella, Bianca, and Nina, in Farmington, Connecticut.