SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Pacific Theater's senior Army logistics unit changed leadership July 23, on Hamilton Field here.

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons relinquished command of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command to Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III during the ceremony hosted by Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the U.S. Army Pacific commander.

The 8th TSC is responsible for synchronizing logistics and supply efforts for land operations throughout the vast region, and the unit's more than 8,000 troops represent 167 different skill sets, with 35 unique capabilities, to include military police, explosive ordnance disposal, Army watercraft, dive, engineer, transportation, and sustainment operations.

"Battles have been won and lost because of logistics, and the sustainment of our forces is essential especially considering the tyranny of distance we face in the Pacific," Brooks said. "We rely on this command for our Army, joint and multinational operations at the tactical and strategic levels across the globe."

Lyons applauded the incredible service of 8th TSC troops, civilians and families, and he said, "It has been an absolute honor and privilege to have been a part of this unit these past two years as our National Security Strategy pivots to the Pacific."

Brooks said that Lyons' logistics skills, experience and vision brought tremendous accomplishments in setting the theater for this new era, and that with Dorman, the TSC was getting yet another great logistician to lead the unit's next chapter.

Dorman last served at the Pentagon as the deputy G4 for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff.

He greeted the crowd with an energetic, "Aloha!" and joked that he'd been counting down the days until he'd get to stand before the TSC formation and offer the local welcome.

He applauded the professionalism of the troops and the ceremony, and said that it's an absolute privilege for him and his family to join this theater enabling command during this historic re-balance to the Pacific.

The Lyons family is heading to Fort Lee, Virginia, where he will assume command of the Combined Arms Support Command and the Army Sustainment Center of Excellence.

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