HOHENFELS, Germany -- Col. Thomas H. Mackey assumed command of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria-Hohenfels at a ceremony held here, Aug. 14.

"(Mackey) is a combat infantryman with repeated combat tours in several wars and conflict zones over more than 2.5 decades," said Brig. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, commander of the Joint Multinational Training Command. "The breadth and depth of Col. Mackey's experience is not only impressive, it is exactly what we need in the leadership of this center which is the most innovative training center in the U.S. Army."

Mackey said JMRC has a critical and significant mission as it continues to train U.S. and multinational forces while building partnership capacity throughout Europe.

"I truly feel honored and privileged to be joining this exceptional team here in the heart of beautiful Bavaria," said Mackey. "Nowhere else in the world are partnerships forged between U.S. Military units and multinational partners like they are here."

Mackey takes over from Col. John Norris who departed Hohenfels in June for his new assignment at the Joint Planning Support Element in Norfolk, Va.

"My commitment to you is that we will remain focused on providing the most realistic and challenging training while continuing to provide the same high quality support for our Soldiers and families that they absolutely deserve," Mackey said.