By Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsJune 9, 2014
FORT LEE, Va. - The U.S. Army Quartermaster School welcomed Col. Ronald Kirklin as its new commandant during a change of command ceremony June 9. Kirklin arrived at Fort Lee from the United States Central Command J4, Tampa, Fla., where he served as the Chief of Current Operations.
"I've known Ronald Kirklin for over 20 years, and his credentials speak for themselves," said Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general. "Col. Kirklin is a focused leader and a warfighter logistician who will get the job done."
Kirklin replaces Brig. Gen. John O'Neil, who will transfer to United States Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, and assume the duties of Logistics, Security Assistance and Engineering (J4) director.
"I am excited about being part of the Army's Sustainment Think Tank and premier learning institution, and I look forward to delivering game-changing professionals and solutions," Kirklin said. "There is no other place I'd rather be than right here right now, serving as a team member among the best leaders, Soldiers and community the Army has to offer."
O'Neil was credited with many accomplishments during his two-year tour, including the training of more than 18,000 Quartermaster Soldiers; leading the way in the deployment of the command strategic engagement plan that enabled the sharing of information with Army units around the world; and the development of credentialing initiatives.
"When you deal with Brig. Gen. O'Neil, you are dealing with a Soldier of profound intellect and vision," Wyche said. "He is a proven leader with a quiet confidence who has led the Quartermaster team with a passion, commitment and dedication that was unmatched."
The Quartermaster School trains approximately 18,000 students annually, including nine enlisted career fields, five warrant officer specialties and the QM Basic Officer Course. Training areas include aerial delivery, mortuary affairs, logistics, culinary and petroleum and water distribution.