FORT A.P. HILL, Virginia - Lt. Col. Michael E. Gates took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill during a brief ceremony today at Ambrose Physical Fitness center here. He succeeds Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan who commanded A.P. Hill for the last two years.

Gates is a Special Forces officer who grew up in Botetourt County, Virginia. He comes to Fort A.P. Hill from Special Operations Command-Africa in Stuttgart, Germany.

Jordan, also a Special Forces officer, departs Fort A.P. Hill for an assignment at Special Operations Command-Central in Tampa.

Joining Gates on the A.P. Hill command team is Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph E. Reilly. He has served in communications and Civil Affairs during his Army career.

Reilly succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Robert L. Parker II, a career Military Police Soldier, who moves on to be the command sergeant major at USAG White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Before today's change of command ceremony, Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr. Director Installation Management Command Sustainment Directorate presented Jordan and Parker with the Legion of Merit for their exemplary service leading Fort A.P. Hill.

U.S. Army photos by USAG Fort A.P. Hill Public Affairs