By Sgt. Matthew Ryan (25th ID)May 2, 2014
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The 25th Infantry Division welcomed a new commanding general and bid farewell to its seasoned leader during a change of command ceremony on Weyand Field, here, May 2.
Outgoing commander Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller passed the Tropic Lightning Division colors and ceremoniously relinquished command of the 25th Infantry Division to Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn.
While addressing the Soldiers, honored guests, family and friends present, Maj. Gen. Flynn recognized the accomplishments of the division and emphasized quality training and leadership development. Flynn described that mission accomplishment is based on "training that is challenging, tough, innovative, and standards based developed by leaders who are agile, adaptive, disciplined, of strong character and care. This is what makes us ready, it gives us the confidence to fight, makes us prepared, so when we are called, we can deliver the most credible, reliable, formidable and decisive force of choice."
Flynn, who as a former brigade operations officer in the 25th Inf. Div., is no stranger to the Tropic Lightning Division, comes from Fort Bragg, N.C. were he served as the assistant deputy chief of staff for readiness at the U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general, I Corps Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosted the change of command ceremony and gave a brief opening statement thanking Fuller for his work and for his leadership while in command of the Tropic Lightning Division.
Fuller, who took command of the 25th Inf. Div. April 5, 2012, led its Soldiers through a transition from predictable deployments to a now rapidly deployable force and designed training programs specific to operations in the Pacific area. He will move on to an assignment in Washington, D.C.
During his farewell address to the Soldiers, Fuller mentioned even though he and his family loved leading the 25th Infantry Division, they are still ready to begin a new assignment and new opportunities.
"Just when you start to get comfortable in an assignment, it's time to go," said Fuller. "So, we will do what we always do -- we'll ruck up and move out."
To conclude his remarks, Fuller did pass on his confidence in the new 25th Inf. Div. commander.
"Out of every Soldier in this big Army, Charles Flynn is the right man, at the right place, at the right time for this division," he added before thanking those in attendance and concluding his remarks.
In a unique display, a group of 25th Inf. Div. Soldiers performed a traditional Hawaiian Ha'a Koa, or warrior dance to welcome Flynn into the Tropic Lightning Division family and also to demonstrate the 25th Inf. Div.'s deep roots in the history and heritage of the Pacific region.