• Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command receives the command's colors from Command Sgt. Major Guy Taylor, the 412th TEC's senior enlisted leader. Hamm then relinquished his command by passing the colors to Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz , the Army Reserve commander, who handed them to Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, making Buckler the new 412th TEC commander. Buckler then handed the colors to Taylor who's also the colors' custodian. The process was part of a Change of Command Ceremony held at the Vicksburg, Miss. Convention Center, April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, commander of the 412th...

    Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command receives the command's colors from Command Sgt. Major Guy Taylor, the 412th TEC's senior enlisted leader. Hamm then relinquished his command by passing the colors to Lt. Gen. Jack...

  • Newly promoted, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. gets a beret with two stars symbolizing the rank of major general from his father William Buckler Sr. during Buckler Jr.'s promotion ceremony at the Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, administered the ceremony on April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Newly promoted, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler...

    Newly promoted, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. gets a beret with two stars symbolizing the rank of major general from his father William Buckler Sr. during Buckler Jr.'s promotion ceremony at the Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Lt. Gen. Jack C...

  • Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, commander of the Army Reserve, passes the 412th Theater Engineer Command's colors to newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler making Buckler the 412th TEC commander during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Vicksburg, Miss. Convention Center, April 2, 2011. Stulz sequentially administered Buckler's promotion, the 412th TEC's Change of Command where Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm relinquished leadership to Buckler, as well as Hamm's Retirement Ceremony. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, 412th TEC)

    Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, commander of the Army...

    Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, commander of the Army Reserve, passes the 412th Theater Engineer Command's colors to newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler making Buckler the 412th TEC commander during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Vicksburg, Miss...

  • Mrs. Carol Buckler looks on as Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, removes the one star Army rank insignia from Brig. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr.'s uniform prior to Buckler's promotion to Major General during a ceremony at the Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, administered Buckler's promotion, as well as a Change of Command Ceremony where Hamm relinquished command of the 412th TEC to Buckler, and also Hamm's Retirement Ceremony. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, 412th TEC)

    Mrs. Carol Buckler looks on as Maj. Gen. Paul...

    Mrs. Carol Buckler looks on as Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, removes the one star Army rank insignia from Brig. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr.'s uniform prior to Buckler's promotion to Major General during a...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's senior enlisted leader embraces former 412th TEC Commander Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm after Hamm delivered his farewell speech during his retirement ceremony at the Vicksburg Miss., Convention Center, April 2, 2011. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC)

    Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the 412th Theater...

    Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's senior enlisted leader embraces former 412th TEC Commander Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm after Hamm delivered his farewell speech during his retirement ceremony at the Vicksburg Miss...

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. (L) renews the officer's oath administered by Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, at the Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Stultz presided over Buckler's promotion ceremony on April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. (L) renews the...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. (L) renews the officer's oath administered by Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, at the Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Stultz presided over Buckler's promotion ceremony on April 2, 2011...

  • Newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., assumes command of the 412th Theater Command by receiving the colors from Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, during a change of command ceremony at the convention center, Vicksburg, Miss., April 2, 2011. Stulz sequentially administered Buckler's promotion ceremony, the Change of Command Ceremony where Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm relinquished command of the 412th TEC to Buckler, as well as Hamm's retirement ceremony. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler...

    Newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., assumes command of the 412th Theater Command by receiving the colors from Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, during a change of command ceremony at the convention center, Vicksburg...

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. the new commander for the 412th Theater Engineer Command passes the colors to the 412th TEC Command Sgt. Major Guy Taylor during a change of command ceremony at the Convention Center, Vicksburg, Miss., April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. the new...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. the new commander for the 412th Theater Engineer Command passes the colors to the 412th TEC Command Sgt. Major Guy Taylor during a change of command ceremony at the Convention Center, Vicksburg, Miss., April 2, 2011...

  • Col. Edmund Ching, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's chief of staff heads the command while Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, the Army Reserve commander, (not pictured) administers a ceremony promoting Brig. Gen. William M. Buckler to major general, at the Vicksburg, Miss., Convention Center, April 2, 2011. On the same day, Stulz administered a Change of Command Ceremony where Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm relinquished command to Buckler, and Hamm's retirement ceremony.
(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC)

    Col. Edmund Ching, the 412th Theater Engineer...

    Col. Edmund Ching, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's chief of staff heads the command while Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, the Army Reserve commander, (not pictured) administers a ceremony promoting Brig. Gen. William M. Buckler to major general, at the...

  • Carol Hamm, wife of Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, former commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, listens to newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler deliver his first speech as the 412th TEC commander during a change of command ceremony at the Vicksburg, Miss. Convention Center, April 2, 2011. Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, the Army Reserve commander, administered Buckler's promotion ceremony, the 412th TEC's Change of Command Ceremony, and Hamm's Retirement Ceremony sequentially on the same day.(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC)

    Carol Hamm, wife of Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm...

    Carol Hamm, wife of Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, former commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, listens to newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler deliver his first speech as the 412th TEC commander during a change of command ceremony at the...

  • (Seated from L-R) Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, the Army Reserve Commander, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, the new commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, the former 412th TEC commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the 412th TEC senior enlisted leader during three ceremonies that altered the command's leadership. Stulz administered a ceremony that promoted Buckler from brigadier to major general, a Change of Command Ceremony where Hamm relinquished command to Buckler, as well as Hamm's Retirement Ceremony. All three events took place at the Vicksburg Miss., Convention Center, April 2, 2011. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC)

    (Seated from L-R) Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, the...

    (Seated from L-R) Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, the Army Reserve Commander, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, the new commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, the former 412th TEC commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the...

  • Mrs. Carol Buckler places the major general insignia on her husband's uniform during Maj. Gen. William Buckler Jr.'s promotion ceremony at the Convention center in Vicksburg, Miss. Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, promoted Buckler to Maj. Gen., April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Mrs. Carol Buckler places the major general...

    Mrs. Carol Buckler places the major general insignia on her husband's uniform during Maj. Gen. William Buckler Jr.'s promotion ceremony at the Convention center in Vicksburg, Miss. Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, promoted...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's senior enlisted leader (L) and Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, the 412th TEC's deputy commander ( R) look on as Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, the 412th TEC commander, relinquishes his leadership by handing the unit colors to Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, the Army Reserve Commander during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Vicksburg Miss. Convention Center April 2, 2011. Buckler then assumed command of the 412th TEC by accepting the colors from Stulz. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC)

    Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the 412th Theater...

    Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Taylor, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's senior enlisted leader (L) and Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, the 412th TEC's deputy commander ( R) look on as Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, the 412th TEC commander, relinquishes his...

  • Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, hands the certificate that accompanies the Distinguished Service Medal to Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm while Hamm's wife Carol looks on during Hamm's retirement ceremony at the Vicksburg Miss., Convention Center April 2, 2011. Hamm received the medal for 37 years of service to the Army from 6 June 1973 to 2 April 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army...

    Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, hands the certificate that accompanies the Distinguished Service Medal to Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm while Hamm's wife Carol looks on during Hamm's retirement ceremony at the Vicksburg Miss...

  • Maj. Gen. William Buckler Jr. renews his officer's oath administered by Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz commander of the Army Reserve (not pictured) at the Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Stultz presided over Buckler's promotion ceremony on April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Maj. Gen. William Buckler Jr. renews his...

    Maj. Gen. William Buckler Jr. renews his officer's oath administered by Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz commander of the Army Reserve (not pictured) at the Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Stultz presided over Buckler's promotion ceremony on April 2...

  • Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, former commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoys a laugh with Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, after Stulz presented Hamm with the Distinguished Service Medal during Hamm's retirement ceremony at the Vicksburg Miss. Convention Center, April 2, 2011. Hamm received the award for 37 years of military service, from June 6, 1973 to April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, former commander of the...

    Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, former commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoys a laugh with Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, after Stulz presented Hamm with the Distinguished Service Medal during Hamm's retirement...

  • The 412th Theater Engineer Command's senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Major Guy Taylor passes the command's colors to Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, the 412th TEC commander, during a change of command ceremony that saw Hamm relinquish command to newly promoted Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler at the convention center, Vicksburg, Miss. Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve, oversaw Buckler's Promotion Ceremony, the 412th TEC's Change of Command Ceremony, and Hamm's Retirement Ceremony, sequentially, April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    The 412th Theater Engineer Command's senior...

    The 412th Theater Engineer Command's senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Major Guy Taylor passes the command's colors to Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm, the 412th TEC commander, during a change of command ceremony that saw Hamm relinquish command to newly...

  • Newly promoted, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. accepts a framed copy of the Army officer's oath from Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve. Buckler renewed his oath during the promotion ceremony at the convention center in Vicksburg, Miss., April 2, 2011. (Photo by Maj. Jesse Stalder, 412th TEC Deputy PAO)

    Newly promoted, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler...

    Newly promoted, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. accepts a framed copy of the Army officer's oath from Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander of the Army Reserve. Buckler renewed his oath during the promotion ceremony at the convention center in Vicksburg...

VICKSBURG Miss.-"The only thing we haven't done is a funeral," said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, commander of the Army Reserve, to a crowd of approximately 400 Soldiers and civilians after he presided over three ceremonies that changed the leadership of the 412th Theater Engineer Command at the Vicksburg Miss., Convention Center on April 2.

During the first ceremony, Stultz promoted Brig. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr. to the rank of major general, then he administered the 412th TEC's change of command ceremony where Maj. Gen. Paul F. Hamm relinquished leadership of the command to Buckler. Immediately after the change
of command, Stultz administered Hamm's retirement ceremony where he presented Hamm with the Distinguished Service Medal for 37 years of dedication to the Army.

"It has been a long journey for me to this day," Hamm said during his retirement speech. "I still remember the longest day of my life, the day I reported to West Point on July1, 1969.Hamm said that acknowledging retirement was difficult, but he knew that it was time to move on. "We're gonna miss you Paul," Stultz told Hamm during the address. "But we're not gonna forget you. You've got a legacy here at the 412th, and throughout the Army engineer corps that will be there forever."

Hamm commanded the 412th during the last three years of his career, transforming the organization from an engineer command, which is a strategic and planning organization, to the current theater engineer command, which is a an operational, and functional headquarters
that governs all Army Reserve engineer and engineer support units east of the Mississippi River. Hamm also guided the successful mobilization of 34 subordinate units totaling more than 2,000 Soldiers in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. While serving as Hamm's deputy, Buckler led one of those units, an element of the 412th TEC headquarters known as Deployable Command Post One, to Afghanistan in Aug.2009. DCP One was responsible for coordinating all engineeroperations throughout the country.

Stultz visited DCP One in Afghanistan, and he told the Vicksburg crowd that he was impressed with the unit's accomplishments based on his discussions with Buckler's superiors. Stultz also referenced Bucklers bio and said that the word commander stood out significantly.

"It wasn't very hard, when the board came out and said we recommend Bill Buckler to be a two-star [general] for me to say yes," Stultz said. "He is exactly the right person to take over the reins of the 412th engineers." During his promotion speech, Buckler reminded the TEC's Soldiers that they were the foundation of the Army, then he narrowed his focus on the noncommissioned officers.

"Whenever I can I acknowledge the great NCOs that we have; I learned most of what I know about character and being a father from my father, a retired sergeant first class,"
Buckler said. His dad, William Sr., his wife Carol and Hamm assisted Stultz with the promotion ceremony. Buckler then ended the speech by quoting Luke 12:48, which says, "To whom much is given much is expected." "I realize what I've been given, and I realize what is expected, and I will do my best," Buckler said.

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