Newest SSI commander finds himself ‘exactly where I want to be’
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Jackie Edwards receives a bouquet of yellow roses during her husband’s assumption of command ceremony Aug. 2 at the Soldier Support Institute. Col. Jason T. Edwards assumed command of the Soldier Support Institute from acting Commander Col. Cort J. Hunt. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Newest SSI commander finds himself ‘exactly where I want to be’
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Jason T. Edwards, right, passes the Soldier Support Institute colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Wilson, center, during an assumption of command ceremony Aug. 2 at the SSI auditorium. Edwards assumed command of the institute from Col. Cort J. Hunt, acting commander. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Newest SSI commander finds himself ‘exactly where I want to be’
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Jason T. Edwards thanks his family and friends for attending his assumption of command ceremony Aug. 2 at the Soldier Support Institute. Edwards also said he would continue to cultivate relations forged by predecessors and continue to unify efforts of organizations located at Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Jackson. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Newest SSI commander finds himself ‘exactly where I want to be’
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis, Fort Jackson commanding general, welcomes Col. Jason T. Edwards and his family to the Fort Jackson community during his assumption of command ceremony reception Aug. 2. At the Soldier Support Institute. Edwards assumed command of the institute from Col. Cort J. Hunt, acting commander. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Newest SSI commander finds himself ‘exactly where I want to be’
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Mark T. Simerly, commanding general for the Combined Arms Support Command, the Sustainment Center of Excellence and Fort Lee, Va., speaks during an assumption of command ceremony Aug. 2 at the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute on Fort Jackson, S.C. Simerly presided over the ceremony where Col. Jason T. Edwards assumed command of the institute from Col. Cort J. Hunt, acting commander. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL

Soldier Support Institute Soldiers, cadre and civilians welcomed Col. Jason T. Edwards as he assumed command of the unit during a ceremony Aug. 2 held at the institute’s auditorium.

The institute’s Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Wilson passed the colors from Col. Cort J. Hunt, the institutes’ acting commander, to Maj. Gen. Mark T. Simerly, commanding general of the Combined Arms Support Command, the Sustainment Center of Excellence and Fort Lee, Virginia, symbolizing the transfer of command responsibilities. Simerly then passed the colors to Edwards charging him with those responsibilities.

“Col. Edwards has demonstrated the talents and skills necessary to lead this great organization,” Simerly said. “He has served and excelled in all the tough assignments. I have no doubt that you are the right leader, at the right time, at the right place for this organization.”

Edward’s wife smiled broadly as her husband stood to address the attendees both in-person and tuning in through Facebook Live. He thanked many of his Family members in attendance to include his father Thomas J. Edwards who served as a helicopter door gunner during Vietnam.

“I was a sergeant when I flew in a UH-1 (Iroquois) helicopter in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968,” said Thomas J. Edwards. “I could care less if he outranks me, I’m just so proud of him.”

The senior Edwards plays cards every Tuesday with his 4th grade friends who all deployed to Vietnam and explained how glad he is that his son will experience the camaraderie and strong bonds Soldiers share.

“As mentioned, my dad was a door gunner. The helicopter that he signed for in 1967 is now on display in Fort Rucker, Alabama,” Col. Edwards said. “So #roadtrip. We are going to make that trip dad, I promise.”

After thanking friends and family, Col. Edwards addressed the institute’s Soldiers and staff.

“I am extremely honored to lead the Soldier Support Institute,” Col. Edwards said. “I look forward to sustaining the lasting relationships forged by my predecessors. Diligently pursuing unity of effort among all organizations both at Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Jackson. This is exactly where I want to be.”

The ceremony concluded with a reception held in the institute library where attendees welcomed Col. Edwards and his family and were treated to a spread of light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.