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Change of Command Ceremony Set At Fort Ontario

OSWEGO, NY – On Sunday August 25, at 11 a.m., First Lieutenant Nicholas J. Miles, will take over command of the 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Battalion, USAR, during a ceremony on the historic parade ground inside old Fort Ontario.

Lt. Miles, a native of Oswego, will take over command from Captain Donald J. Oechslin of Waverly, New York.

The 444th Engineer Company carries on a 258-year-old history of military occupation of the 75-acre Fort Ontario Military Reservation.

Outgoing commander Captain Oechslin was commissioned on May 10, 2008, from Mansfield University Pa.

Originally assigned to the 444th Engineer Company in 2006 as a cadet, Oechslin served as a platoon leader, company executive officer from 2008-2009, and was deployed to Paktiya Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as company commander.

Captain Oechslin is transferring to the 479th Battalion as its supply officer.

First Lieutenant Miles was commissioned on August 20, 2010, from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY; he was assigned to the 444th Engineer Company as a platoon leader and deployed March 2012 to February 2013 to Paktiya Province, Afghanistan, in support of Enduring Freedom as a route clearance platoon leader.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the city of Oswego.

For more information on Fort Ontario contact Historic Site Manager Paul Lear at (315) 343-4711, or visit wwwOswego4FUN.