SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Soldiers, families and friends said farewell Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, and welcomed Maj. Gen. Ronald P. Clark, during a change of command ceremony Jan. 4 at Weyand Field.
Cavoli, outgoing commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, relinquished command to Clark, during the ceremony hosted by Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
"Maj. Gen. Cavoli's ability to train this division for combat has been the best I've seen," said Volesky. "Chris' ability to identify, shape, plan and execute key exercises - some with allied partners, others in the role as a unilateral Army war-fighting headquarters - prepared not only his subordinate units, but his entire headquarters to be the most combat-ready division in our Army."
Cavoli was able to strengthen partnerships across the Pacific while increasing the deployment readiness of his own troops through the Army's regional engagement program during Pacific Pathways rotations, Volesky said.
"It has been the high point of my time in the Army, and I hope I have fulfilled my task," Cavoli said.
The outgoing "Lightning 6" welcomed Clark to the 25th ID by recognizing he and his wife, Simona Clark, by their reputation of being thoughtful and positive leaders.
"To the Soldiers and families of the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Hawaii, it is the greatest professional honor of my life to come home to Schofield Barracks and to serve in your ranks again," Clark said.
Clark is not new to the Tropic Lightning Division. He previously served as the commander of B Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, and as an aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the 25th Inf. Div.