FORT HOOD — A new commanding general arrives next week.

Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley will relinquish his post as III Corps and Fort Hood commander to Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, who currently leads 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, during a ceremony Aug. 8.

Congress confirmed last month both general officers will receive another star.

Milley will head to Fort Bragg, N.C., to lead U.S. Army Forces Command.

The soon-to-be four-star general said he looks forward to continuing to make a contribution.

“While my wife, Hollyanne, and I are excited for the opportunity to continue to serve, it comes with a touch of sadness as we will leave behind so many friends and partners at the Great Place,” Milley said. “Fort Hood, the surrounding communities, and all of Central Texas have truly opened their hearts to us and made us feel like family.”

Since Milley took command in December 2012, the Army reorganized and increased the Phantom Corps’ oversight from one division — 1st Cavalry Division — to a total of four divisions across four installations.

MacFarland’s new command scope will include his former division at Fort Bliss, as well as the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., and the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

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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