FORT LEE, Va. - The U.S. Army Transportation School welcomed Col. John P. Sullivan as the new Chief of Transportation and commandant of the Transportation School, during an assumption of command ceremony June 21. Sullivan arrived at Fort Lee from his previous unit, the U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where he served as the executive officer to the commander.

"John understands the importance of support to the warfighter and is a proven leader, who brings an extraordinary combination of talent and experience to the position," said Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general. "He knows the value of training, understands leader development and will continue to move the Transportation School forward in the 21st century."

Sullivan replaces Brig. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, who transferred to Korea earlier this year.

"It is an extraordinary privilege to join this dynamic organization, which plays such a crucial role in developing our Army's leaders and shaping our force for the future," Sullivan said.

The Transportation School is responsible for providing instruction for approximately 17,000 students annually in eight enlisted career fields, three warrant officer specialties and one officer area of concentration. Training is provided at 32 locations representing active, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers. The Transportation School specializes in training personnel who support deployment and those who move the force. Areas of training include motor transport, watercraft, cargo handling, movement control and traffic management, and air, sea and rail terminal operations.

According to Sullivan, the Soldiers and civilians of the Transportation Corps are engaged in critical missions, both here and abroad. They ensure the sustainment of forces in Afghanistan, while simultaneously conducting equipment retrograde operations. They are also moving equipment and personnel for exercises in the Pacific Command area of responsibility, where they are supporting the nation's larger strategic effort.