FORT HOOD — Brig. Tim Lai said his welcome to Fort Hood was unlike any other he’d received back home with 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.
The rank of brigadier in the British army is equivalent to brigadier general in the U.S. Army.
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 officer has held this position as part of 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.
“Like your Canadian predecessors you represent your nation’s commitment to the shared values and unmistakable bond of friendship between our nations,” said Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood.
Lai, who attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and commissioned into the Army Air Corps in 1986, described the opportunity to work with the American Army as humbling.
“I cannot express my delight,” he said. “I’m extremely happy to be the first.”
Read more about Lai in Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.