FORT KNOX, Kentucky - Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands relinquished command of U.S. Army Human Resources Command to Maj. Gen. Jason T. Evans during a change-of-command ceremony April 28.
Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1/Personnel, officiated the ceremony, which took place at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex.
The change of command is a ceremony that marks the passage of responsibility from one leader to another. Not only does it demonstrate the trust the Army has in its leaders to care for Soldiers, civilians and families, but it also honors those great leaders who have gone before us and formed a strong, unbroken chain of leadership to guide our Army.
Evans comes to HRC from the Pentagon, where he served as Director of Military Personnel Management since May 2015. He previously served in command and staff positions in the continental United States, Italy, Somalia, Kosovo, Germany and Iraq with the 13th Corps Support Command, III U.S. Corps, 510th Personnel Services Battalion, 1st Personnel Command, U.S. Army Europe, Installation Management Command, Multi-National Force - Iraq and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
"It's an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to command the Army's key personnel readiness organization supporting the Army's number one priority, and that's readiness," said Evans. "I am excited about being at HRC a fourth time. I look forward to serving with the HRC team."
"This is a special day as we recognize a great commander, Tom Seamands, and welcome another great commander, Jason Evans, to HRC. It's my honor to recognize another great leader take over the reins at HRC," said McConville in his remarks to HRC distinguished guests and staff. "Jason, you are the right leader with the right skills in the right place at the right time.
"People are the Army's most important asset and weapons system," said McConville. "That's why Human Resources Command is so important."
He also highlighted Seamands as a premier personnel leader and innovator in the Army and his team's accomplishments in moving forward to implement new ideas and perspectives.
Seamands commended the HRC work force for the care and compassion they exercised throughout his command and applauded all they have accomplished over the past two years to take care of Soldiers, veterans and families every single day.
"I am proud to be one of the 3,700 Soldiers and civilians, trusted professionals trying to do the right thing for Soldiers and families. I learned right away that you are generous with your time and resources. Most important, you are generous with the care of Soldiers going above and beyond each day always remembering at the end of every email, voice mail and request there is a Soldier and often family," he said.
"You also have the special ability to look into the future and find ways to improve and make things more efficient and more effective. Thank you for all you do for our Soldiers, our families, and our Army," Seamands said.