By Patrick YoungJune 27, 2019
Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield held a garrison change of command ceremony, June 20, on Fort Stewart between outgoing commanders, Col. Jason Wolter and incoming commander, Col. Bryan L. Logan.
Brenda Lee McCullough, director for Installation Command - Readiness, was on-hand to officiate at the ceremony and serve as guest speaker. She spoke of the Wolter's achievements and her appreciation to the Wolter Family for supporting the mission and supporting Soldiers and their Families. She also expressed her confidence in Logan and thanked his Family for their future efforts.
Some of the highlights she noted regarding Wolter's tour as garrison commander between 2017 and 2019 included Fort Stewart earning the Army Communities of Excellence Program Award, Bronze in 2018 and Gold in 2019. McCullough, lauded his fiscal management abilities and exceptional handling of the installation during Hurricane Michael and Irma, where Wolter supervised the evacuation of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield without the loss of life or significant damage. She also expressed her appreciation of his efforts to support the Army Soldier for Life program along with the community partners.
McCullough said installations were no longer just the Army's home, but strategic training centers and power projection platforms so our Army can deploy, fight, and win our Nation's wars. She said she knew Col. Bryan Logan was a proven leader. Who she had the utmost confidence in. She used a baseball metaphor, noting she knew Logan would always bring his glove to every game and get on base, no matter what it took.
Logan thanked McCullough for the opportunity to command, Wolter for easing the transition and the community for their continued support.
Logan, a native of Houston, was commissioned as an armor officer in 1997 after graduating from Louisiana State University. He has served on Fort Stewart before.
He served in several positions with the 3rd Infantry Division including the Deputy Chief of Operations, 3rd ID, the squadron operations officer and squadron executive officer for the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment and the brigade operations officer for the 2nd Brigade 3rd ID.
He said returning to Stewart was like coming home.
For Wolter, the day's ceremony provided an opportunity to reflect.
"There is no way I can explain what it has meant to wear the cloth of our Nation to serve here, with this team - focused on the here and now, amongst this tremendous group of leaders," Wolter said. "I think it is true, the strength of our Nation is the Army, the strength of the Army is our Soldiers and the strength of our Soldiers is our Families."
But added he also believe our Civilian workforce was part of that strength, adding a tremendous capacity. He explained of the civilian workforce here at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield were employees with more than 11,014 years of prior military services - including 106 individuals who served in the rank of Sergeant Major or above. He said the workforce had more than 10,700 years of total civilian service, with more than 21,715 military and civilian time combined. In fact, he noted, that workforce has provided more than 13,770 years of service here at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. He said among their educational pedigrees were eight people with doctorates, 13 with masters, 333 with bachelors and another 143 with associates degrees.
"They are the mortar and bedrock that will continue to provide the continuity required to ensure the success of our Army," Wolter said. "I want to personally thank them for showing me, what Soldier for Life, truly means."