By Keith Desbois, CASCOM Public AffairsAugust 22, 2014
FORT LEE, Va. -- The Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee welcomed Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons as the new commanding general during an Aug. 22 ceremony here.
Lyons replaced Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche who is transitioning to a new assignment at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The new commanding general comes to Fort Lee from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii, where he also served as the commanding general.
Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, deputy commanding general of TRADOC, hosted the transition ceremony that was attended by hundreds of Soldiers, civilians and community members.
"Changes of command are bittersweet events as they force us to say goodbye to a command team that has been so important to us for several years; (however, we get) to welcome a new command team that will lead the team into the future," Mangum said during his remarks at the ceremony. "Over the last two years, Larry (Wyche) has truly set the standard for Center of Excellence commanders."
Mangum continued with welcoming comments for Lyons.
"Stephen Lyons is a proven leader who has excelled in peace and war, and successfully led Solders from every level," he said. "While new to CASCOM, Steve is no stranger to the critical role of sustainment and logistics in our Army."
CASCOM is responsible for training more than 180,000 students annually through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University. It is also a major subordinate element of TRADOC and is responsible for developing and integrating capabilities, concepts and doctrine, and executing functional proponency to enable the Army's Sustainment War-fighting Function.
In subsequent remarks, Lyons expressed excitement about this first opportunity to serve with the CASCOM family. "I want to start by congratulating Maj. Gen. Larry Wyche for an exceptional tour of duty and his outstanding leadership over the last two years," he said. "We are truly excited to part of the next chapter in the continuing journey to shape the future of Army sustainment and be part of this greater Fort Lee community."
Lyons started his Army career in 1983 after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., where he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. During his ensuing 31-years of service, he completed many significant assignments including two tours of duty in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. His joint experience includes assignments with U.S. Army Central Command and the International Security Assistance Force.
His education includes graduate degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal and the Master Parachutist Badge.