FORT HOOD — Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley left his post at III Corps with a “job well done,” said Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command.
“For Lt. Gen. Mark Milley and his wife, Hollyanne, this day marks not only a new beginning, but it also symbolizes the conclusion of another tremendous chapter in the corps’ storied history,” said Allyn, who served as the reviewing officer of the Phantom Corps’ command-change ceremony Friday at III Corps Headquarters.
“Mark has led this renowned formation with distinction, marked by consistent demands on and off the battlefield and exemplified the compassionate leadership, skill, agility and responsiveness of this great corps.”
With his wife and two children by his side, Milley bid farewell to the corps he led for nearly 20 months. He will replace Allyn at Forces Command as Allyn, a former 1st Cavalry Division commander, takes over as the Army’s vice chief of staff.
About half of Milley’s Fort Hood command was spent in Afghanistan, where the corps served as the headquarters for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.
During his command, the Phantom Corps expanded due to Army reorganization. Oversight grew from one division — 1st Cavalry Division — to a total of 18 brigades in four divisions across four installations.
Incoming commander and newly promoted Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland’s command scope includes his former division, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, as well as the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan., and the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo. In total, MacFarland now leads about 120,000 soldiers.
“To Gen. MacFarland, you have an incredible team here,” Milley said. “I know you are the leader the Phantom Warriors need right now. ... Your challenge now is to make the greatest place even greater.”
MacFarland and his wife, Lynda, are new to Fort Hood, but both his son and son-in-law began their careers with 1st Cav. His granddaughter was born at Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.
“It feels like we already have a relationship,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being a member of this great team, this great community, and getting to know all of you ... and to get moving on this great transition together.”
Fort Hood’s two representatives in Congress attended Friday’s ceremony, as did many former III Corps commanders and command sergeants major.
“One of the greatest honors we have is representing Fort Hood,” said U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin. “I look forward to working with Gen. MacFarland.”