FORT HOOD — Maj. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr. left his successor with the following advice: “Get your boots on and get ready to have some fun.”
LeMasters even offered to sell him a pair, as he leaves Texas and his post as commander of the 13th Sustainment Command to serve as deputy chief of staff for logistics and operations for the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
After more than two years in command and a deployment to Afghanistan, LeMasters relinquished his position to Col. (promotable) Rodney D. Fogg during a ceremony Wednesday.
“I’m jealous. You’re in for a great ride,” the two-star general said. “You’re the right team for this tough job ahead.”
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, oversaw the ceremony.
He said the 13th is the only support unit for an armored corps in the Army. Composed of about 3,000 soldiers, the command provides support to Fort Hood and has continually deployed troops to support missions around the globe.
“We have no doubt that you will maintain and improve and take the 13th from their tremendous performance in the past, and take them to a new level,” Milley said.
Fogg most recently served as the executive officer for the commander of the materiel command in Alabama. This is his first time stationed at Fort Hood, and he is joined by his wife, Janie, and one of their three daughters.
Commissioned in 1987 at East Tennessee State University, Fogg has deployed twice to Iraq, once to Haiti and once to Somalia.
“I’m absolutely honored to stand before you today,” Fogg said. “We are so privileged to take command of the 13th Sustainment Command ... humbly stepping up beside those leaders and soldiers who established and sustained the unit’s outstanding reputation and history.”