Walker takes over 1st Sustainment command

Lt. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell, commanding general, U.S. Army Central, passes the colors Tuesday to Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, incoming commander, during the 1st TSC change of command ceremony.

1st Theater Sustain­ment Command welcomed a new commanding general Tuesday during a change of comm­and ceremony held outside Fowler Hall.

Maj. Gen. John P. Sulli­van assumed command of the 1st TSC from Maj. Gen. Flem B. “Donnie” Walker Jr. before an audience of current and former leaders, community members, family, and 1st TSC Soldiers.

Lt. Gen. Terry R. Ferr­ell, commanding general, U.S. Army Central, presided over the ceremony.

Ferrell discussed all the operations 1st TSC has overseen, from the command’s role in the drawdown of excess equipment in Afghanistan, to maintaining a presence in its forward-operating headquarters in Kuwait and other countries in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

“Donnie, you have been a phenomenal leader,” Ferrell said. “I’ll be honest with you from the bottom of my heart that I love you like a brother. We have a unique bond that will never be broken. You have been my right-hand man and I will forever be thankful for that.”

Walker thanked Ferrell for the kind words and shared his thoughts on what it has been like to command the 1st TSC the last two years.

“This has been the most rewarding command experience of my career because we have accomplished so much,” Walker said.

Walker thanked his command team and all the officers, non-commissioned officers, soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and contractors that he has served with during his command.

“I am honored to have been your commanding general … you are all my heroes, superstars and the future of our Army,” Walker said.

He also thanked community members within the area.

“I will miss Fort Knox and the greater tri-county region and the surrounding community,” Walker said. “There is truly no better support network for our soldiers, DA civilians and families than all of you, God bless you.”

During his time at 1st TSC, Walker oversaw the move of the unit’s headquarters from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Fort Knox, while still continuing its mission of sustainment operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, which encompasses 20 countries and 6 million square miles.

Walker also expressed his confidence in Sullivan to lead 1st TSC.

“I can literally think of no other officer and command team that I would rather pass this tremendous responsibility on to,” Walker said. “I tell all of you today — especially those of you in formation — 1st Team is in good hands.”

Sullivan most recently served as the assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4, U.S. Army, at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was the commanding general of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 8th Army, Republic of Korea.

As he concluded his remarks, Sullivan stated he is committed to maintaining the Army Central Command’s established reputation for excellence.

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