New commanding general takes over at Fort Rucker
Fort Rucker welcomed its new commanding general, Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, and said goodbye to Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum during a change of command ceremony on post Thursday morning.
“Tighten your chin strap, brother,” Mangum told Lundy, with a laugh. “You’ll do great.”
Lundy, a 27-year veteran of the Army, last served as deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center-Training at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Before that, he worked as the deputy commanding general for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. He is known for his expertise in training, Mangum told the crowd gathered at the parade field.
“This is a great team that’s been led by a great command team,” Lundy said.
Mangum, who has headed the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence since August 2012, will go on to become deputy commanding general and chief of staff at the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. He will be promoted to lieutenant general pending Senate confirmation.
In nearly two years on Fort Rucker, Mangum dealt with issues surrounding budget cuts and sequestration.
“I had no idea what a difficult job it would be,” he said, repeating himself for emphasis.
But he said he did his best to leave it better than he found it.
Mangum also grew emotional when mentioning his father.
“It’s been a long time since I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed lieutenant who showed up (on Fort Rucker) 23 years ago, trying to be like his dad,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, attended the event as a distinguished guest. Roby said she was honored and privileged “to get to fight for this.”
The ceremony also recognized outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. James Thomson and incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Thom.
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