88th Regional Support Command change of command ceremony
May 31, 2012
Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak relinquished command of the 88th Regional Support Command to Brig. Gen. Alton G. Berry during a change of command ceremony at Fort McCoy, Wis., May 19, 2012.
Berry accepted the 88th's colors that date back to Camp Dodge, Iowa in 1917 from Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood, Deputy Command General-Support, U. S. Army Reserve.
He expressed thanks to Lesniak for his mentorship, guidance and leadership during his tenure at the 88th Regional Support Command.
"Successful units like this do not materialize out of the thin air. They represent an evolution and continuation of the hard work and dedication of generations of leaders who came before," said Berry.
The outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak, said, "I want you all to remember and continue to support our legacy of the 88th Infantry Division. There is our wall of honor. They remind us that what we do comes with great sacrifice and great commitment. Do not forget your legacy."
He stressed to the staff at the 88th RSC, "You should all be proud of what you have accomplished here the past three years. You embrace the customer focus mentality and taken customer service to a whole higher level of excellence."
The 88th has been a part of many accomplishments seeing many armed forces center open and some that encompass multiple services serving in a centralized facility. Conducted promotion boards, improved the support to units, maintain the facilities throughout the region while continuing to support Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005.
Maj. Gen. Keith L. Thurgood challenged Berry to continue the 88th's success as he wanted everyone to know their role importance to the Army Reserve.
"The Army Reserve is an important part of the force, part of the joint force. The Army is the land force of decisive action. The 88th that Brig. Gen. Berry now commands is part of that great legacy to prevent, to shape and to win," Thurgood said as he encouraged the new commander and his staff.
Over the past two years the 88th Regional Support Command won the 2011 Army Communities of Excellence and placed second in the 2010 competition.
Lesniak will take the reins of the Deputy Commanding General-Support at the U. S. Army Reserve Command later this month.
Berry will take over the Army Reserve's regional support command that provides essential base operations support in the areas of personnel, operations, information management, logistics and facility management in their new 19-state region in the north west quadrant of the country.