Soldiers and Civilians Welcome New Commanding General

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

As both former and new commanding generals will tell anyone, the atmosphere around Fort Rucker is unlike any other.

"I can tell you in 32 years I have never seen communities wrap their arms around soldiers and their families like it's done in the Wiregrass," says former Commanding General Major James Barclay III.

Major General Barclay has built a relationship with those on the Army base since he became commanding general back in July 2008.

Now, it will be Brigadier General Anthony Crutchfield who will be taking over those duties as new commanding general of Fort Rucker.

"I couldn't have imagined a couple of years ago when we used to do aviation fly bys that go flying across this very field in a formation and Huey's looking down that I would ever be here today," Brigadier General Crutchfield said.

Brigadier General Crutchfield began his military career in 1982.

His first assignment was in Fort Hood Texas.

He’s since served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and has also been to Afghanistan.

"It is like coming home and like I said yesterday in a meeting, you do not have to be from Alabama to love Alabama and Ft. Rucker Alabama," Brigadier General Crutchfield continued.

Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, Jr .was master of ceremony for Thursday’s event.

Major General Barclay's new position is assistant deputy chief of staff in Washington D.C.

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