FORT HOOD, Texas -- Col. Douglas McBride, the 24th commander of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command was promoted to Brigadier General at a ceremony on March 24, 2017 at the Fort Hood Events Center, Fort Hood, Texas.
III Corps and Fort Hood Commander, Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who hosted the event said, "I know the Army made a good selection. Doug has done a phenomenal job supporting the Third United States Corps."
After the promotion orders were published McBride's son, Tre McBride, and daughter, Taylor McBride, removed the Colonel epaulettes on his and replaced them with the gold epaulettes and the Brigadier General star. McBride's wife, Pamela McBride, and MacFarland removed McBride's Colonel shoulder boards on his jacket and replaced them the Brigadier General rank. His elder sister, Lafondra McBride, placed the star on his beret.
MacFarland thanked McBride for his hard work and dedication as well as the opportunity to promote him saying, "It's not every day that I get the opportunity to promote someone to the rank of Brigadier General. It is a real privilege. Only about 40 a year get promoted."
MacFarland renewed McBride's Oath of Commissioned Officers then McBride was presented the General Officer's Belt and issued 9 mm General Officer Pistol.
Command Sgt. Maj. Marco Torres, 13th ESC's senior enlisted advisor, presented McBride his personal one star flag, which was followed by a Ruffle and Flourish and an 11 gun salute from Alpha Battery, 1-82 Field Artillery, 1 Armor Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. MacFarland relinquished his honors to McBride to recognize the promotion.
McBride took the podium and thanked his family, friends and the Soldiers of the 13th ESC. He spoke about his parents, who have both passed,
McBride said "It's taken a village to raise this General. The village is represented across the room at every echelon. NCOs, Officers, Warrant Officers and civilians. Everyone has had a role in my development and evolution."
During his acceptance speech, McBride said, "I never aspired to be in this position. Being a general officer was nothing I ever dreamed of, or to be quite honest, wanted. But, I've learned through my travels that what you think is good for you is not the Lord's plan. We all have a purpose."