• FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Maj. Gen. William Roy, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), says his final farewells to the Soldiers and civilians of the command July 26 during a tattoo ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston Theater. Roy is leaving Army North to take command of Joint Task Force -- Civil Support.

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    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Maj. Gen. William Roy, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), says his final farewells to the Soldiers and civilians of the command July 26 during a tattoo ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston Theater. Roy is...

  • FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commanding general for U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), and senior commander for Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, pins the Legion of Merit medal on Maj. Gen. William Roy, deputy commanding general Army North, June 26 during a tattoo ceremony for Roy at the Fort Sam Houston Theater. The term tattoo dates from the Thirty Years War when drummers from the Dutch Army would go into the neighboring towns at 9:30 p.m. to inform the Soldiers that it was time to return to the barracks. The drum call, known as doe den tap toe (turn off the taps), was the signal for the innkeepers to stop serving beer and send the Soldiers home.

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    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commanding general for U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), and senior commander for Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, pins the Legion of Merit medal on Maj. Gen. William Roy, deputy commanding general Army...

  • FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins (right), Annette Wiggins, Maj. Gen. William Roy and Daneen Roy enjoy a melody of songs played by the 323rd Army Band "Fort Sam's Own", June 26 at the Fort Sam Houston Theater. The songs were a musical tribute to Roy's 32-year career to the nation, and part of his tattoo ceremony. Roy, the deputy commanding general for U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), will be taking command of Joint Task Force -- Civil Support. Wiggins is the commanding general for U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), and senior commander for Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis.

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    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins (right), Annette Wiggins, Maj. Gen. William Roy and Daneen Roy enjoy a melody of songs played by the 323rd Army Band "Fort Sam's Own", June 26 at the Fort Sam Houston Theater. The songs were a musical...

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) team said goodbye to one of its own June 26 during a tattoo ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston Theater.
Maj. Gen. William Roy, deputy commanding general for Army North, is leaving the team to take command of Joint Task Force-Civil Support at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Roy arrived at had Army North less than a year ago, he assumed the position as deputy commanding general Aug. 1, 2013. Prior to this assignment, he worked at the Pentagon as the deputy director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for operations, plans and training.
"Will (Roy) is the epitome of humility," said Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commanding general for Army North and senior commander for Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, during the ceremony. "I told him when he arrived that it would take about six months to fully understand our mission, but he didn't believe me."
Wiggins went on to say that while he was saddened to see Roy go so soon, he was heartened because Roy will continue to be part of the Defense Support to Civil Authorities mission.
"Putting Will in command of that formation is the best thing for our military," said Wiggins. He went on to say that Roy has, and will continue to do great things in the Army.
Roy, who was commissioned as a field artillery officer in the New Hampshire National Guard in 1982, has commanded Soldiers at every level, from platoon to brigade, and has held key positions in the Army National Guard.
During his final farewell to the Soldiers and civilians of Army North, Roy said that he had hoped to spend two years here so he could fully understand the DSCA mission, but it wasn't to be.
"I spent more time learning about this mission, than I did working," said Roy. He went on to say that he looked forward to continuing to work with Army North as JTF-CS commander.
JTF-CS was established in October 1999 and is assigned to U.S. Northern Command. It is responsible for planning and integrating Department of Defense support to civil authorities in critical life-saving and life-sustaining operations during a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident within the United States.

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