• From left, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command senior enlisted adviser; Gen. David Perkins, incoming TRADOC commander; Gen. Robert Cone, outgoing TRADOC commander; and Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, salute during a change-of-command ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., March 14, 2014. During the ceremony, Perkins became the 15th general to assume command of TRADOC since its activation in 1973.

    TRADOC welcomes new commanding general

    From left, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command senior enlisted adviser; Gen. David Perkins, incoming TRADOC commander; Gen. Robert Cone, outgoing TRADOC commander; and Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff...

  • U.S. Army Gen. Robert Cone, outgoing U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander, passes the unit colors to Gen. Raymond Odierno, U.S. Army chief of staff, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., March 14, 2014. This ceremony represented Cone's final duty assignment before his retirement.

    TRADOC welcomes new commanding general

    U.S. Army Gen. Robert Cone, outgoing U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander, passes the unit colors to Gen. Raymond Odierno, U.S. Army chief of staff, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., March 14, 2014. This ceremony...

  • U.S. Army Gen. David Perkins (left), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command incoming commander, accepts the unit colors from Gen. Raymond Odierno, right, U.S. Army chief of staff, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., March 14, 2014. Perkins assumed command of TRADOC from Gen. Robert Cone. Perkins hails from N.H., and Odierno is a native of Rockaway, N.J.

    TRADOC welcomes new commanding general

    U.S. Army Gen. David Perkins (left), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command incoming commander, accepts the unit colors from Gen. Raymond Odierno, right, U.S. Army chief of staff, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., March 14...

  • U.S. Army Gen. David Perkins, incoming U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander, addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., March 14, 2014. Perkins is the 15th general to take command of TRADOC. Perkins hails from N.H.

    TRADOC welcomes new commanding general

    U.S. Army Gen. David Perkins, incoming U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander, addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., March 14, 2014. Perkins is the 15th general to take command of TRADOC. Perkins...

  • Gen. David G. Perkins, along with his wife Ginger Perkins, and their son 2nd Lt. Chad Perkins, waves to his daughter Capt. Cassandra Perkins via video teleconference, following his promotion from lieutenant general to general. Capt. Perkins is currently deployed to Afghanistan.  Gen. Perkins was promoted by the Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, and he will serve as the 15th commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.   The ceremony was held March 14, 2014, at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's headquarters.

    TRADOC welcomes new commanding general

    Gen. David G. Perkins, along with his wife Ginger Perkins, and their son 2nd Lt. Chad Perkins, waves to his daughter Capt. Cassandra Perkins via video teleconference, following his promotion from lieutenant general to general. Capt. Perkins is...

FORT EUSTIS, Va. (March 18, 2014) -- Gen. David Perkins assumed command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from Gen. Robert Cone during a change-of-command ceremony, Friday, at Fort Eustis.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno hosted the event.

"Today, we have an opportunity to not only recognize two great leaders, but to celebrate TRADOC (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command)," said Odierno. "Whether developing leaders, concepts or capabilities, TRADOC is dedicated to sustaining our Army and simultaneously moving [it] into the future."

Cone said he believed it necessary to have another exceptional leader take his place as he finishes his tenure in the Army.

"I loved commanding here at TRADOC, but it is necessary to bring [new ideas] to the force, and I am happy to see [Perkins] take the position," said Cone. "TRADOC develops options for our total force, and I am gratified to pass that [responsibility] to an expert like [Perkins]."

Perkins said he knows the tasks before him thanks to his predecessors and hopes to continue the work Cone and the TRADOC team started.

"After accepting the [TRADOC] colors today, I understood the responsibility placed in my rucksack," said Perkins. "As we design the Army, we also design the future of our nation, and that is a responsibility I will not take lightly."

Perkins also explained his commitment not only to the American people, but to a Soldier on the front line who knew he was a part of TRADOC.

"During [a deployment], a young [Soldier] came up to me and said he hopes I'll 'get it right,' because those instructions and orders keep him alive," said Perkins. "I hope to meet the standards set by [senior Army leadership], but my true commitment is to that [Soldier] and all the others fighting each and every day."

Perkins highlighted a few of the missions he hopes to improve.

"During the downsizing of our force, it is critical to develop our leadership effectively," said Perkins. "Individual responsibility will be higher in a smaller Army, but that doesn't mean we will do less. We will look at different ways to accomplish the Army mission."

Perkins assumes command after serving as the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center commanding general. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor's degree in science. Additionally, he received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

For Cone, who commanded TRADOC since April 29, 2011, the change-of-command completes his last assignment before his retirement.

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