The Nevada Army Guard's largest brigade — the 17th Sustainment Brigade — gathered at the North Las Vegas Readiness Center on Sunday morning to mark a change of command from Col. Vernon Scarbrough to Col. Eric Wishart, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.

Formed in 2009, the brigade has control over operations for the 17th Special Troops Battalion and the 757th Combat Sustainment and Support Battalion. Wishart is the brigade fourth commander and oversees about 1,500 soldiers. He pledged to provide his "undying effort to harness the raw talent we all know exists out there. We will continue to add chapters to [the history of] this great brigade."

Wishart's previous leadership assignments include scout platoon leader, commander of headquarters and headquarters troop, commander of the 757th Combat Sustainment and Support Battalion, and managing the state "Partnership for Peace" program between the Republic of Turkmenistan and the Army National Guard. He also deployed as a combat adviser with the Afghan border police.

He graduated from the University of Nevada in Reno and the U.S. Army War College and has been decorated with the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster and the Combat Action Badge.