Boston takes command of SATMO
From left, Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commander of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, salutes alongside Col. Joe Bovy and Col. Andy Boston during a change of command ceremony held Friday at Fort Bragg, N.C. McDonald presided over the ceremony as Bovy relinquished command of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization to Boston. USASATMO is a subordinate command of USASAC.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization has a new commander. Col. Andy Boston assumed command of USASATMO from Col. Joe Bovy during a ceremony Aug. 15 at Fort Bragg. Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commander of U.S. Army Security Assistance Command presided over the ceremony.

Boston comes to USASATMO after serving as the Chief Planning Officer and Chief of Planning (G5) of the XVIII Airborne Corps with duty in Afghanistan as the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Chief of Command Plans.

McDonald praised both the incoming and outgoing leadership.

"When we change commanders, we aren't changing the mission of the unit--that remains the same," McDonald stated. "What makes the change of command special is that every leader brings something new, making a good unit great, and a great unit greater. Whether the commander uses style, structure or focus, the result is making the unit stronger than before--Army Strong."

The ceremony was also an occasion for USASATMO and the Army to bid "farewell" to the outgoing commander. Bovy, who served as the USASATMO commander since March 2, 2012, will retire with 31 years of military service. During his career Bovy served numerous assignments in Infantry and Special Forces, and held positions on high-level staffs and with critical joint and diplomatic assignments. As commander of USASATMO, Bovy oversaw a tremendous growth in the number of countries and teams fielded. During Col. Bovy's nearly two and a half years in command, USASATMO's mission load nearly doubled.

Col. Bovy took the opportunity to thank family, friends, and the men and women of USASATMO, saying "Simply put, there is no finer organization in the Department of Defense performing the mission that SATMO does."

Bovy leaves USASATMO in the capable hands of Col. Andy Boston, who described USASATMO as "the way of the future for successful and cost-effective global military engagement".

USASATMO is a subordinate organization of USASAC which plans, forms, prepares, deploys, sustains, and redeploys U.S.-based Security Assistance Teams to execute security assistance missions outside the continental U.S.

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