Updated 01/24/2013 09:55 AM
Incoming commander welcomed with Fort Hood ceremony
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The leadership of First Army Division West changed Wednesday at Fort Hood as Major General Perry Wiggins stepped down, handing the reins to incoming commander Major General Warren Phipps.
"I'm comforted today in that we are handing over the division to a great leader and personal friend,” Maj. Gen. Wiggins said. “He's a visionary leader with foresight and integrity, and he's the perfect fit for Division West. I know that he will take the division to new heights."
Maj Gen. Phipps comes to Fort hoof from Washington D.C. where he served as Deputy Director for Regional Operations.
Fort Hood’s First Army Division West trains service members preparing to leave for missions around the world. The training helps prepare troops for the dangers of deployment.
The soldiers’ dedication and work ethic left a lasting impression on the outgoing general.
"They are willing to work long hours and sacrifice a lot of things in order to make sure that they're prepared to fight and return to their family members,” Maj. Gen. Wiggins said. “That's what they've taught me.”
The new general shares the same amount of passion for the unit's mission.
"Our Army and nation expect no less. I am humbled by this responsibility and I'm truly honored to join you in this noble endeavor," incoming commander Maj. Gen. Phipps said.
During Major General Wiggins tenure at Fort Hood, the division trained more than 20,000 soldiers for deployment.
First Army Division West also helps transition soldiers back when they return home. In that capacity, the unit helped more than 35,000 soldiers come home.