By Andrea Wales, U.S. Army Human Resources Command Public Affairs Office July 28, 2011
FORT KNOX, Ky. " An investiture and change-of-command ceremony today welcomed Col. Jason T. Evans here as the 65th Adjutant General of the Army, a position first established by the Continental Congress June 16, 1775.
Today, the Adjutant General Corps is at the forefront of transforming the way the Army manages its most important resource " people.
The ceremony, which took place at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex, was the first of its kind since the U.S. Army Human Resources Command moved here last summer as part of the base realignment and closure, or BRAC, process. The Maude Complex employs about 3,300 military, civilian and contract workers. The nearly 900,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is the largest office building in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Three sets of colors were passed by HRC commander Maj. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee, to whom the adjutant general reports.
As the new adjutant general, Evans, who follows Brig. Gen. Richard P. Mustion, leads three military entities:
* Evans is the director of The Adjutant General Directorate, or TAGD, at HRC. TAGD administers numerous Army programs, such as Combat-Related Special Compensation and Casualty and Mortuary Affairs.
* He is also the 16th executive director of the Military Postal Service Agency, which was established in 1980. As the single manager for military mail, he is responsible for its movement on commercial and military aircraft as well as commercial sealift vessels to nearly 2,000 post offices in 85 countries.
* Evans is the 18th commander of the Army Physical Disability Agency, executing physical disability decision-making authority on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. He is charged with ensuring a full and fair hearing is provided to determine a Soldier's physical fitness for continued military service. The Army Physical Disability Agency also sets the level and type of compensation in the event a Soldier is found unfit for service due to physical disability and either separated or retired.
“Today we conduct an investiture, a transfer of authority and a change of command,” said Farrisee, who served as the 61st Adjutant General of the U.S. Army three assignments prior to becoming the HRC commanding general. “Col. Evans, take it from me as someone who’s been there, despite accepting three sets of colors today, you still only get one payout for hitting this trifecta!”
Farrisee lauded Mustion’s “visionary leadership, technical competency and reputation as a problem-solver.” She praised him for his work upgrading and improving the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP); transitioning casualty long-term care case management to the Survivor Outreach Services program under Installation Management Command (IMCOM); overseeing the construction and consolidation of the Joint Personal Effects Depot at Dover Air Force Base, Del.; and leading the effort to revise the Army’s Officer and Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Evaluation systems.
The HRC CG went on to welcome Evans back to the HRC team. Evans was once majors/lieutenant colonels assignments officer at an HRC predecessor " Headquarters, Department of the Army, Personnel Command (DA PERSCOM).
“I can think of no better or more qualified officer to assume the myriad functions and duties associated with The Adjutant General,” Farrisee said.
As the outgoing adjutant general, Mustion addressed the crowd.
“I relinquish my duties today with a great sense of pride … derived from the contributions of the great teams within The Adjutant General Directorate, the Physical Disability Agency and the Military Postal Service Agency,” Mustion said. “These are the unsung heroes that we should recognize today. They’ve accomplished each and every mission, day in and day out, with professionalism, compassion, dedication and pride. They’ve accepted new missions, or, as we like to call them down in the TAG Directorate, ‘seized new opportunities.’ ”
Evans, who previously served as the executive officer for the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA M&RA;), stressed the importance of “sustaining the reputation of excellence” that Mustion established during his tenure.
As the new TAG, Evans went on to motivate his new team, whom he termed “a team of professionals dedicated to providing the best human-resources support in the Army to Soldiers, veterans and their families during a period of historic change for our Army.”
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