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Covering Fort Benning: Historical Change of Command Ceremony

FORT BENNING, Ga. - History was made at the base Monday.

It happened just hours ago- during a change of command ceremony-- where dozens turned out to watch.

News Three's Ashley Garrett was there for the action.

"Since I last served here I can tell you what remains the same and I've learned this over the last few days are the people."- says Maj. Gen. Gary Brito, Commanding General at MCOE and Fort Benning.

Brito, who got his military- start in the Valley, assumed Command of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning.

He's the the first black man-to ever do so.

"I'm very well aware that I stand on some of the shoulders of many before me that have come here..paratroopers, rangers..all great soldiers... That have done great things... extremely privileged to just be standing here today."- says Brito.

He started his military-career at Benning some thirty years ago.     

While there he held leadership roles that include: serving as a Captain.

"Started off as a Lt.doing some of the school stuff. I had the opportunity to command here on Sand Hill as well...working with soldiers and making soldiers...some of which are Sgt. Majors today...kind of dating myself...letting you know how long that started."- says Brito.

He assumed command from Major General Eric Wesley.

During the change of command ceremony, Wesley shared some heartfelt words about his friend, who he fought alongside in Afghanistan.

"He's a gentleman, he is a soldier, he has no fear, he's smarter than I am...and I will tell you..it's the first time I've passed the colors to a friend of mine...and I couldn't be more confident of this place under your command Gary."- says Wesley.

As for Brito's plans for the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning...

"We'll continue to execute all that Fort Benning is well-known for...that is training soldiers,  developing leaders, and forging our future army."- says Brito.

 


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