• Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant, and Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, USAES regimental command sergeant major, render a military salute during the Review and Departure Ceremony held for Watson on July 14 at Fort Leonard Wood. Watson, who has served at Fort Leonard Wood since March 2009, will be taking on the responsibilities of director, J-7, engineering, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. Army Photo/Michael Curtis

    Review ceremony celebrates legacy of USAES, FLW

    Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant, and Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, USAES regimental command sergeant major, render a military salute during the Review and Departure Ceremony held for Watson on July 14 at Fort Leonard...

  • Col. Fabian Mendoza, U.S. Army Engineer School assistant commandant, commanded units on the field during the Review and Departure Ceremony for Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson held July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Mendoza will be the acting commandant until Sept. 21, when Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter is expected to take on the responsibilities of USAES commandant and deputy commanding general concepts, doctrine and organizations. Army Photo/Michael Curtis

    Review ceremony celebrates legacy of USAES, FLW

    Col. Fabian Mendoza, U.S. Army Engineer School assistant commandant, commanded units on the field during the Review and Departure Ceremony for Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson held July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood...

  • A Review and Departure Ceremony was held for Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant and deputy commanding general concepts, doctrine and organizations, July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Pictured from left to right: Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson and Kris Watson. Army Photo/Michael Curtis

    Review ceremony celebrates legacy of USAES, FLW

    A Review and Departure Ceremony was held for Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant and deputy commanding general concepts, doctrine and organizations, July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard...

  • Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson was presented a cannon shell in remembrance of the cannon salute that was rendered during a Review and Departure Ceremony held for Watson on July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Army Photo/Michael Curtis

    Review ceremony celebrates legacy of USAES, FLW

    Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson was presented a cannon shell in remembrance of the cannon salute that was rendered during a Review and Departure Ceremony held for Watson on July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo...

  • Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence commanding general presented Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson with the Legion of Merit Award during a Review and Departure Ceremony held for Watson on July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In addition to the Essayons Award honoring spouses of the Engineer regiment Watson’s wife, Kris, received the Department of the Army Civilian Service Award. Pictured from left to right: Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson and Kris Watson.  Army Photo/Michael Curtis

    Review ceremony celebrates legacy of USAES, FLW

    Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence commanding general presented Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson with the Legion of Merit Award during a Review and Departure Ceremony held for Watson on July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of...

  • Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence commanding general provided words of encouragement to Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson during a Review and Departure Ceremony held July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  Quantock highlighted examples of Watson’s visionary leadership and planning, leader development, integrity, passion for the business and care for soldiers as credits to his reputation. Army Photo/Michael Curtis

    Review ceremony celebrates legacy of USAES, FLW

    Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence commanding general provided words of encouragement to Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson during a Review and Departure Ceremony held July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort...

  • Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson offered his heartfelt thanks to the service members, civilians, family and friends whom he has worked with and met during his tenure at Fort Leonard Wood.   “This job was a dream job for me with one exception—this dream became an unexpected reality,” Watson said during his Review and Departure ceremony held July 14, on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  Army Photo/Michael Curtis

    Review ceremony celebrates legacy of USAES, FLW

    Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson offered his heartfelt thanks to the service members, civilians, family and friends whom he has worked with and met during his tenure at Fort Leonard Wood. “This job was a dream job for me with one exception—this dream...

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo., The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood held a Review and Departure Ceremony for Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson, USAES commandant and deputy commanding general concepts, doctrine and organizations, at 9 a.m., July 14, on the MSCoE Plaza.

Watson, who has served at Fort Leonard Wood since March 2009, will be taking on the responsibilities of director, J-7, engineering, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

During the ceremony Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence commanding general, presented Watson the Legion of Merit Award. In addition to providing encouraging remarks to Watson as he prepares for his next assignment to Afghanistan, Quantock highlighted examples of Watson’s visionary leadership and planning, leader development, integrity, passion for the business and care for soldiers as credits to his unwavering reputation for getting the job done.

In keeping with tradition, Watson stepped outside of the box as he offered his heartfelt thanks to the tribe of service members, civilians, family and friends whom he has worked with and met during his tenure at Fort Leonard Wood.

“This job was a dream job for me with one exception, this dream became an unexpected reality. I did nothing other than give three things, a small dose of vision, a large dose of passion and occasional perspective to connect the dots"you did the rest,” Watson said.

Watson’s wife, Kris, was recognized for her impact to Family Readiness Groups, her dedication as a mentor to Army spouses, and over thirty years of support and commitment as a military spouse. In addition to the Essayons Award honoring spouses of the Engineer regiment who have voluntarily made significant contributions to the morale, welfare, and spirit of engineer units and organizations, Kris Watson received the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for exceptionally meritorious support of soldiers and families assigned in the U.S. Army Engineer School from March 2009 through July 2011.

Col. Fabian Mendoza, USAES assistant commandant, will be the acting commandant until Sept. 21, when Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter is expected to take on the responsibilities of USAES commandant and deputy commanding general concepts, doctrine and organizations. Yenter is currently deployed to Afghanistan.

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