By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

III Corps' new commander and senior enlisted soldier officially took the installation's reigns Tuesday at Fort Hood's Abram's Gym, after rains forced a change of venue.

Maj. Gen. (promotable) Robert W. Cone assumed command from Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch and Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur L. Coleman Jr. assumed responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola.

Lynch and Ciotola will go on to lead Installation Management Command.

Cone is the former special assistant to the commander at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., according to information from Fort Hood.

Cone also received his third star during a special ceremony before the change of command.

Cone has preceded Lynch in three previous positions, and the two served together at Fort Hood early in their careers.

Coleman recently returned from Afghanistan, where he served as senior noncommissioned officer of Command Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. He took the job at Fort Hood knowing he would deploy to Iraq early next year with III Corps, Lynch said in late August.

Coleman's Army career began in 1978 and he has served as the senior noncommissioned officer for the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Joint Readiness Training Center, Operations Group, Fort Polk, La.; and 82nd Airborne Division Rear Detachment, Fort Bragg, N.C., according to his biography.

He completed Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster and Air Assault Schools, and Korean Ranger and Australian Airborne Schools.

For more on this story, read today's Killeen Daily Herald. And learn more about Lynch's time in command at Fort Hood in Sunday's edition of the Herald.

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