(Fort Rucker, Ala.)--Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens assumed command June 22 of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center from Brig Gen. William T. Wolf.

The ceremony, at the Army Aviation Museum, was hosted by Lt. Gen. William J. Troy, director of the Army Staff.

"This command has actually reduced preventable accidents during a time of war, something that is almost unheard of in the history of our Army," Troy said. "We've been at war more than 10 years, we've had an incredibly high operations tempo, yet, the Soldiers and Civilians here have reduced Soldier fatalities every year since 2005 and we're now approaching the levels we had before the wars started."

Edens, who moved to the USACR/Safety Center after serving July 2011-June 2012 as the Assistant Division Commander for Support of the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea, pledged to continue the success of the Army's safety program.

"I look forward to working with the exceptional Soldiers and Civilians who provide the research, education, tools and resources our Army and our commanders need to maximize effectiveness, from squad through the highest tactical level, by expertly managing risk in complex environments," Edens said. "The mission of ensuring the safety of our Army's most valuable assets, our Soldiers and their Family Members, is an honor and a duty I eagerly accept. I pledge my very best efforts to contribute to the incredible work of so many before me."

Edens entered the Army in 1981, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy and has served at Fort Rucker previously. From July 2009-May 2010, Edens was the chief of staff, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker. He continued his service at Fort Rucker as the deputy commander of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence until June 2010.