FORT HOOD — Brig. Tim Lai said his welcome to Fort Hood was unlike any other he'd received back home in the British army.

"I confess to being slightly overwhelmed. (My wife) Jenni and I have never had so much fuss made over us," he said during his welcome ceremony Thursday morning at III Corps headquarters.

Lai, along with his wife and their two children, joins Fort Hood as the III Corps deputy commander for support. This is the first time a British general officer has held this position as part the U.S. military's partnerships with its allies. A similar partnership with the Canadian military lasted about 15 years and ended in April 2013.

Lai described the opportunity to work with the American Army as humbling.

"I cannot express my delight," he said.

For more Lai's welcome, read tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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