U.S. Army Cadet Command Change of Command | 2022
Lt. Gen. Maria Gervais, the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, hands Maj. Gen. Antonio Munera the U.S. Army Cadet Command guidon symbolizing the transfer of authority from the outgoing commanding general, Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis, Fort Knox, Ky., Sept. 20, 2022. | Photo by Kyle Crawford, U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs (Photo Credit: Kyle Crawford) VIEW ORIGINAL
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United States Army Cadet Command welcomed its 15th commanding general on September 20, 2022, as Maj. Gen. Antonio V. Munera assumed command from Maj. Gen. Johnny K. Davis.

Lt. Gen. Maria R. Gervais, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, presided over the ceremony. She highlighted Davis’s upcoming transition to commanding general of the United States Army Recruiting Command and Munera’s return to Cadet Command after previously serving as the Deputy Commanding General for USACC from 2019-2020.

“Johnny, my friend, you know you are leaving the best job in the Army,” Gervais said. “Andy, you already know, since you served previously as a Deputy Commanding General in this organization, that you have assumed command of the best job in the Army. And really, what a great job, preparing ROTC Cadets to become officers in our Army.”

According to Gervais, Davis’s leadership, with the help of his command team, was “transformational in how we assess officers into our Army” and in the modernization and expansion of the Army’s Junior ROTC program.

This team was also instrumental in opening doors for recruiting and scholarship opportunities while adapting the branching process to allow all eligible Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to serve Active Duty. Davis’s team also implemented a rapid JROTC growth timeline with 50 programs being added across the country over the next five-to-seven years.

“You have demonstrated time and again that you are dedicated to improving and expanding opportunities and experiences for our Army Cadets,” Gervais said.

In welcoming the new commanding general, Gervais awarded her assurances in Munera’s ability to take over and lead the command to new heights.

“I have full confidence that you will bring the same caliber of passion, vision, and leadership to this incredible organization,” Gervais. “I know how honored and humbled you are to take command of this strategic organization where the future of our Army leaders starts right here with you and your team.”

Munera is no stranger to Fort Knox, returning to the location where his military career began.

“It's not only full circle in that I was here two years ago, but it started for me here back in 1989 when I went to Basic Camp here,” Munera said.

Munera attended Shippensburg University where he graduated and commissioned as a chemical corps officer through Army ROTC in 1991. He’s generated a storied history of experience to his command, having most recently served as the eighth commander of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command.

Munera looks forward to expanding Army ROTC Cadet’s leadership opportunities and fostering the continued expansion of Army JROTC.

“As I take command, I look forward to building on to Cadet Command’s legacy; a people first, Cadet-centric culture consisting of engaged leaders who are focused on building cohesive teams and producing lieutenants that are not only representatives of our country, but they possess the knowledge, skills and behaviors to successfully lead their first formations,” Munera said. “Not only that, but a model junior leader program that develops citizens with the skills and desires to be of service to the United States.”

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