• Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the chief of staff of the U.S. Army, addresses the audience following the passing of the Forces Command colors to Gen. David M. Rodriguez, at the FORSCOM Assumption of Command ceremony, Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

    Rodriguez takes command

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the chief of staff of the U.S. Army, addresses the audience following the passing of the Forces Command colors to Gen. David M. Rodriguez, at the FORSCOM Assumption of Command ceremony, Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Gen. David M. Rodriguez, Forces Command incoming commanding general, returns the command's colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, FORSCOM acting command sergeant major, following Rodriguez' assumption of command, Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno looks on.

    Rodriguez Takes Command

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, Forces Command incoming commanding general, returns the command's colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, FORSCOM acting command sergeant major, following Rodriguez' assumption of command, Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C...

  • Gen. David M. Rodriguez speaks during his assumption of command ceremony at Fort. Bragg, N.C., Sept. 12, 2011.  He spoke about his experiences as a leader and his plans for the future of Forces Command.  Rodriguez is the 19th commander of FORSCOM.

    Rodriguez takes command

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez speaks during his assumption of command ceremony at Fort. Bragg, N.C., Sept. 12, 2011. He spoke about his experiences as a leader and his plans for the future of Forces Command. Rodriguez is the 19th commander of FORSCOM.

  • An overhead view of the Forces Command Assumption of Command Ceremony held at Marshall Hall, Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept 12, 2011.

    Rodriguez takes command

    An overhead view of the Forces Command Assumption of Command Ceremony held at Marshall Hall, Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept 12, 2011.

  • (L-R) Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. David M. Rodriguez, incoming commanding general, salute during the playing of the National Anthem, during the Forces Command Assumption of Command Ceremony, Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

    Rodriguez takes Command

    (L-R) Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. David M. Rodriguez, incoming commanding general, salute during the playing of the National Anthem, during the Forces Command Assumption of Command Ceremony, Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort...

  • Airborne field artillery Soldiers from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment fire a 19-round salute from M119A2 105mm howitzers during the U.S. Army Forces Command Assumption of Command Ceremony Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Gen. David M. Rodriguez became FORSCOM's 19th commanding general.

    Rodriguez Takes Command

    Airborne field artillery Soldiers from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment fire a 19-round salute from M119A2 105mm howitzers during the U.S. Army Forces Command Assumption of Command Ceremony Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort...

  • (L) Gen. David M. Rodriguez accepts the U.S. Army Forces Command colors from Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, during a Sept. 12, 2011, Assumption of Command ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., as Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, FORSCOM's acting command sergeant major, looks on.

    Rodriguez Takes Command

    (L) Gen. David M. Rodriguez accepts the U.S. Army Forces Command colors from Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, during a Sept. 12, 2011, Assumption of Command ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., as Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, FORSCOM's acting command sergeant...

FORT BRAGG, N.C., Sept. 12, 2011 -- Gen. David M. Rodriguez took command of U.S. Army Forces Command here today in a ceremony that formalized the transformation of the "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces" into a "four-star" installation.

U.S. Army Forces Command, or FORSCOM, Headquarters relocated here this summer under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

Rodriguez is the 19th commander in FORSCOM's 38-year history. Other notable former commanders of FORSCOM include Gen. Colin Powell and Gen. Walter T. Kerwin Jr., the first FORSCOM commander.

Rodriguez most recently served as commander of the International Security Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan from March 2010 to July 2011.

During the ceremony, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the chief of staff of the Army, transferred the FORSCOM colors to Rodriguez with the assistance of Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, acting FORSCOM command sergeant major. The passing of the colors symbolically represents the passing of responsibility and authority over to the new FORSCOM commander.

Today's ceremony was the first major Army ceremonial event hosted by Odierno, who became the 38th Army chief of staff Sept. 7.

"Today not only represents Dave (Rodriguez) taking command of FORSCOM, but also the final step of the transition of Forces Command from Atlanta to Fort Bragg," Odierno said.

"Assuming command of FORSCOM is a privilege and I am proud and lucky to be standing before you today," said Rodriguez. "The opportunity to lead our Army's largest command is a tremendous honor."

Rodriquez reflected on the tradition of excellence within FORSCOM and its many initiatives for national security, the Army's Soldiers and families.

Rodriguez lauded the Soldiers and family members of FORSCOM for their sacrifices and professionalism.

"Our nation and Army are in a sea of continual change," Rodriguez said. "This is nothing new to us and will not slow us down, nor will it detract from our mission focus in the future."

"The challenges we face will be tremendous, but we will not falter," he said in closing.

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