Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker assumed command of the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (JFHQNCR/MDW) from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan during a Change of Command ceremony inside Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall's (JBM-HH) Conmy Hall, Arlington, Va., June 9, 2015.
Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, Army Vice Chief of Staff and Adm. William Evans "Bill" Gortney, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command, hosted the ceremony.
"When I joined this great team two years ago, I didn't know much about MDW or the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region, but I rapidly grew to admire, respect and even love each part of this diverse organization," said Buchanan. "It's been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve in your ranks, and to Brad Becker, hold on to your hat brother, you are in for quite a ride. But I guarantee that you're going to have a blast."
Prior to the change of command ceremony, Allyn presented Buchanan the Distinguished Service Medal at a private ceremony in the JBM-HH Town Hall building.
Buchanan has served as the JFHQ-NCR/MDW commanding general for the past two years, and is scheduled for an overseas assignment as his next tour of duty.
Becker was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon graduating from the University of California at Davis in May 1986, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He also holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala.
Prior to taking command of JFHQ-NCR/MDW, Becker served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, S.C.
Commander of Troops for the ceremony was 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Commander, Col. Johnny Davis, and Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, (The Old Guard) and the United States Army Band (Pershing's Own) were the participating units.